It is time to watch out for goblins, alley cats and witches on brooms. Halloween is an exciting time for kids and the Nebraska Regional Poison Center wants everyone to have a happy and safe time.
Public Education Coordinator Jean Hammack says many kids like wearing or carrying glow sticks. They are made of soft rubber and kids often chew on them and the contents can end up in their mouth or on their hands.
Hammack says, “We do get calls on those. Often we can manage them at home but we highly encourage people to call us at the 1-800-222-1222 number if you have questions or concerns.” That call could save parents an expensive trip to an emergency room.
Hammack says parents should still inspect their child’s trick-or-treat bag before letting children dig in. Check wrappers for holes, tears or signs of rewrapping or tampering. Throw away unwrapped candy or fruit. Hammack says, “If in doubt, throw it out.”
If your child uses make-up rather than a mask, watch out of possible skin irritation like a rash or itching. If a child wears a mask make sure it doesn’t block their vision. Dress children in a costume that fits well to prevent trips and falls. An adult should accompany young children and limit areas to their neighborhood. Carry a flashlight after dusk and be sure to watch for cars. Drivers are also advised to be mindful that more children will be out and about.