Whether children are old enough to go out for Halloween trick-or-treating on their own or you're going with them, Dr. Joseph Behn, M.D., a family practice physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska, Wis., recommends reviewing safety tips with them:
- Food poisoning is always a concern when it comes to Halloween treats. Don’t leave perishable goodies out of the fridge for more than two hours (one hour in temperatures above 90°F). Cold temperatures help keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying. Food poisoning symptoms vary with the source of contamination.
- Children with diabetes can eat candy, but the carbohydrates the treats contain should be factored into the child’s meal plan for that day and the child’s insulin level adjusted accordingly.
Dr. Behn also recommends parents inspect candy before allowing children to eat it, Have children wear reflective strips on clothing, stick to familiar neighborhoods, set rules about where children will go, when they'll return and to carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
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