Halloween is over, the costumes are put away and the ghouls have gone back
to their lairs—but the danger still lurks, in the form of leftover
Halloween candy. For some families, there’s enough candy lying around
to last until
next Halloween—but of course, the kids won’t let it sit that long
if they have any say about it. What are some of the risks involved with
these treats, and how can you keep the kids safe and healthy?
Kids don’t know when is enough when it comes to candy. If you leave
them in control of it, they’re likely to get sick or hyper from
too many sweets. To protect them from themselves, keep the candy out of
reach, and give it to them in small quantities here and there—in
their school lunches, as dessert after dinner, etc.
We all know sweets can cause tooth decay, especially if the kids don’t
brush their teeth before bed. To avoid this risk, make sure the children
brush at least twice a day.
Candy usually has a long shelf life, and while it might get old and stale
after awhile, it doesn’t usually spoil. However, if any of the neighbors
gave fruit or baked goods, these should be thrown out if left longer than
a week or so. Always check baked items for mold before giving it to the
kids, to keep them from getting sick.
Every year, reports come in about parents who found dangerous foreign objects
in their children’s treats—needles, nails, razor blades, even
drugs. While these incidents are rare overall, they do happen. To keep
the kids safe, only trick-or-treat at homes or businesses you know—and
always inspect the candy before the children indulge. If you notice any
torn wrappers, fruit with the skin compromised, or anything remotely suspicious—err
on the side of caution and throw the treat away. For more Halloween-related
safety tips, read our post
If your child has been injured or harmed by Halloween candy, our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Call our office to learn more.