Live Well, Work Well – October
Halloween should be an exciting time of year for children and their parents, but too often the celebration devolves into tragedy. This season, make safety the top priority for your family.
Best Practices for Parents
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of Halloween best practices. Follow these tips to keep your family safe.
- Always accompany young children when trick-or-treating.
- Watch for motorists and cross alleys carefully.
- Only visit houses that are well-lit when trick-or-treating.
- Use reflective tape or other light-up devices to increase your child’s nighttime visibility, especially when wearing dark costumes.
- Do not let children eat strangers’ homemade treats.
- Avoid candles and open flames, especially when in costume.
- Keep costume accessories soft and flexible (for example, swords or knives).
- Examine your children’s treats for choking hazards or tampering before they eat.
- Remove any costume makeup before bed to avoid skin and eye irritation.
- Make sure costumes and accessories do not impair visibility or inhibit movement.
Hidden Dangers at Your Child’s Bedtime
Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Yet, only 44 percent of U.S. mothers report they always use this method, according to a new study.
Sleeping on the back reduces a baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related dangers like suffocation. Because of this, the NIH has campaigned for over 20 years to promote this sleeping method.
Mothers who do not always put their babies to sleep on their backs cited baby comfort and family members’ advice as reasons against the safer sleep method. However, pediatricians stress that sleeping on the back is the safest position for babies, despite misinformation.
You can further protect against SIDS by sleeping in the same room (but not the same bed) as your baby. Ensure your baby sleeps on his or her back on a firm surface with a tight-fitted sheet. Do not give the baby pillows, blankets or anything that can cause suffocation.
Have a Healthy Halloween
Nutrition can be easily overlooked during a holiday best known for its abundance of candy and sugary treats. That is a shame, since about 1 in 5 school-aged children are obese, according to the CDC. This Halloween, consider being the one house on the block that offers healthy trick-or-treat alternatives.
Here are some store-bought snacks that can double as trick-or-treat offerings:
- Dried fruit
- Sugar-free gum
- Juice boxes
- Snack crackers
- Fruit bars
- Cheese sticks
$8.4 Billion – Total U.S. Halloween spending in 2016
71% – Americans who hand out candy to trick-or-treaters
$25 – How much an average person spends on candy
$30 – How much an average person spends on costumes
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