– Stock up now.
On Monday, Oct. 31, area children will embark on an all-out candy quest as they canvas neighborhoods for sweet treats and other goodies.
But Dr. Sharon Duke, a physician at Takoma Adventist Hospital’s new Emergency Center, warns parents to keep a watchful eye on – not only what they eat – but how much of it.
“Halloween night is often marked by stomach aches and indigestion from all of the junk food,” Duke said. “With childhood obesity and dental cavities being such serious problems in our area, limiting sweets is not a bad idea.”
She suggested offering children only 2-3 pieces of candy at a time. “Save the rest for other days,” Duke said. “Or, you can even freeze candy.”
If children do overindulge, Duke noted that Children’s Mylanta might help.
She also offered these tips to keep the experience an enjoyable one for all:
- Instruct children to not open candy until they return home.
- Inspect all candy for tampering before allowing them to start eating.
- Accept only wrapped and packaged candy.
- Do not eat candy that has been unwrapped or opened.
- Never eat fruit or other unwrapped items.
- Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped tightly by the candy company.
- If you should find an object in the candy or find anything unusual about it, call the police department.
- Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
- When giving treats, consider small toys, non-toxic bubbles, or sugar-free treats. Remember, some children have to follow certain dietary restrictions which prohibit them from eating the traditional treats offered on Halloween.
For more information, please contact Takoma’s Emergency Center at 636-2360.