JACKSONVILLE, FL – Memorial Hospital Jacksonville invites children in costumes to visit pediatric ER physician Megan Brown, DO, for a treat at Memorial Hospital on Halloween, October 31, between Noon to 8 p.m. Children in costumes will receive a Memorial Hospital teddy bear and candy, while supplies last. “We want everyone to enjoy a safe Halloween, but we also want to enjoy it with them,” said Dr. Brown.
Memorial Hospital recommends the following tips for safe trick-or-treating:
- Be visible: Use reflective tape or safety lights on costumes and bags. Carry flashlights or use glow necklaces and bracelets to make sure that you are visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters.
- Be together: Trick-or-Treat in groups with adult supervision and avoid houses and places that are not well lit.
- Be cautious: Check costumes to make sure they are not too long and that children can see clearly through any masks.
- Use street smarts: Stay on sidewalks and cross the street at crosswalks and intersections.
- Drive safely: Slow down and be vigilant in residential areas. Be on the lookout for Trick-or-Treaters.
- Drive actively: Do not use cell phones, limit conversation, eating or other distracting activities while driving.
- Drive sober: Do not consume alcohol and drive. Have a designated driver or call a ride service like Uber or Lyft.
“Parents should carefully screen candy for allergens and to ensure the candy is unopened, and does not have an expired consumption date. Don’t accept any baked food items unless you are familiar with the person who baked the item. It is also good to plan in advance so that children don’t consume too much candy in one night,” warns Dr. Brown.
Many children have food allergies that can be triggered by common ingredients in Halloween treats. “Allergic reactions can include skin irritation, vomiting, stuffy nose, stomach cramps, diarrhea and difficulty breathing.”
Dr. Brown recommends you add any non-food items in a separate bucket from candy buckets to help make sure that children with food allergies have a safe and incident free experience. Consider including stickers, glow sticks and wands, coloring books, activity sheets, pencils, tattoos, bookmarks or bubbles separately. Dr. Brown also reminds parents of children with allergies to be prepared by taking a medical emergency kit with them while Trick-or-Treating.
For any unexpected emergencies, Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Room is open from 8 a.m. to midnight (3625 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32216).