Halloween is right around the corner! As a result, grocery stores are promoting sales on candy, homeowners are decorating their houses, and kids are trying to figure out what they’ll dress up as this year.
In addition to all of the fun that comes with the Halloween season, this holiday presents us with a few key safety and injury risks as well. In this article, we’ll review some of the top tips from your local, Plano chiropractor so that you can remain safe during this fall holiday.
Tip #1: Screen Your Kids’ Candy
Sadly, some individuals want to ruin this fun holiday for the rest of us. In the past, there have been unfortunate incidents in which children have ingested drug-spiked candy.
Most of the time, parents are able to get their kids to the hospital for treatment in time. However, in a small minority of cases, children who eat spiked candy suffer from serious injuries or even death.
For this reason, it’s important that parents screen each and every piece of candy their kids collect during Halloween. While this can feel like an unnecessary, annoying thing to have to do, it’s critical that parents perform this candy screening. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Tip #2: Don’t Let Your Kids Trick-Or-Treat on their Own
Once children reach a certain age, it’s perfectly acceptable for them to go off with their friends for trick-or-treating. Young kids, on the other hand, should always be accompanied by an adult.
The darkness of the night, combined with costumes, and huge groups of people walking around outside, all pose a huge risk to children’s safety. It’s unfortunate that we have to plan for such issues, but this is the reality of our world.
Tip #3: Choose a Biomechanically Sound Costume
When you’re picking your costume for the annual Halloween party, be sure to keep your health in mind. While certain costumes can win you the “best costume” contest, they may put undue stress on your body.
For instance, costumes that involve a large, padded belly may mimic the stress faced by those who are very overweight. This extra weight and bulk in the midsection can force the back into a vulnerable position. In turn, this can lead to low back pain and other orthopedic issues.
Tip #4: Prevent Injury By Warming Up Before Trick-or-Treating
If you’re going to be walking with your kids during their trick-or-treating journey (which we highly recommend you do), you should be sure to warm up beforehand. Late October is usually very cold, and trick-or-treaters can cover a ton of miles over the course of the night.
Be sure to wear good shoes and perform at least a 5-minute warm-up to get your blood pumping and your muscles working before you set off for the evening.
Tip #5: Take It Easy on the Candy
If you’re like most people, your willpower goes out the window the second you see a pack of peanut butter cups. Halloween consists of tons and tons of different kinds of candy which can all serve as temptations for you.
Don’t let this one holiday ruin your health journey. One or two pieces of candy are okay, but 20-40 pieces are never a good idea!
Want to hear more? Feeling like you need a tune-up to address some pain you’ve been dealing with? If so, come see your Plano, TX chiropractors at Keystone Chiropractic. We can help you address any injury with which you may be dealing with; whether it’s related to Halloween or not! Book your appointment now!