Halloween is an exciting time for kids. They get to dress up in crazy costumes, carve pumpkins with the family, and check out haunted houses with friends. With all of the fun activities the holiday has to offer, it can be hard for families to prioritize their health and safety throughout the night. Unfortunately, there is a greater risk for accidental injuries on Halloween night with all of the chaos going on. By educating yourself and your kids on safety tips they should follow while trick-or-treating, you can better avoid sudden trips to urgent care. However, accidents happen, and when your loved ones get hurt you can bring them into Centennial Medical Group for same-day injury treatment – no appointment necessary.
What injuries are common on Halloween night?
When your little ones are ready to go trick-or-treating, make sure they are aware of common Halloween injuries, before they walk out the door. Understanding what injuries are possible can help prevent them from occurring. It’s always a good idea to accompany your kids while they’re walking around the neighborhood, especially if they’re under 12 years old.
Some common Halloween injuries we can diagnose and treat include:
- Sprains and Strains
- Dislocated joints
- Broken bones
- 1st or 2nd degree burns
- Cuts that need stitches
How can I prevent my kids from getting injured?
There are a few things we can do to best prevent injuries from occurring on Halloween night. Restrictive costumes with long or draping fabric can cause slips. Foot and ankle injuries are very common on Halloween, so make sure your children’s costume allows for full mobility. Also, check that the fabric is flame-resistant. Bright colors can help kids stand out in the dark. Remind your kids to cross the street at crosswalks or corners, and educate them on road safety. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are more frequent on Halloween night. When families are spending more time outside in the dark, the risk for vehicle-related injuries increases.
This October, take your family to the walk-in clinic at Centennial Medical Center. We provide comprehensive urgent care services for all patients in the area. Prioritize your family’s health and safety this holiday season. If you have any additional questions about Halloween health and safety, or other urgent care services we provide, please call us directly at (410) 730-3399.