Halloween is just around the corner which means many kids and parents are eagerly preparing for a night of trick-or-treating. This is a very exciting day for the little ones who are choosing their costumes, planning their trick-or-treating, and looking forward to school and community parties.
As fun as the event is, it can also be a night when injuries and illness are at a higher risk. Body aches, back pain, and stomach ailments can easily take away from the fun. These tips will help keep your children healthy and happy during their festivities.
Dress for the Weather
In late October, many areas get chilly after the sun sets. Some cities might even experience snowy conditions on this hallowed holiday. To reduce risk of colds or temperature related injuries, it is important to dress for the weather. Wearing warm layers, mitts, hats, boots, and waterproof clothing will help your tots stay comfortable during their travels. Choose a costume that fits over the outer wear clothes, so they can be adequately covered.
Keep Face and Eyes Visible
To help prevent falls and other injuries, your trick-or-treaters need to see where they are going. Masks that interfere with their vision will put the tots at a higher risk. Face paint is often preferable because it does not stop or block a child’s view. If your youngster wants to wear a mask, make sure they can clearly see while wearing it before going out.
Use Lights and Reflectors
Going door-to-door during the dark can be dangerous because traffic cannot always see your little ones. Small children, dark outfits, and poorly lit areas will quickly put the Halloweener’s in jeopardy of injury. Adding lights, reflectors and other easy-to-see materials will make it easier for others to notice you. Staying on sidewalks, and other designated pedestrian walkways, and choosing a well-lit route will also reduce the risk of accidents.
Wear Proper Footwear
The youngsters and their guardians are going to be doing a lot of walking on hard surfaces throughout their evening activities. To reduce musculoskeletal and back pain, wear supportive footwear to reduce pain and discomfort.
Limit Bag Weight
Filled bags can get heavy and hard to carry. The weight can put an extra strain on the body, causing stress and pain to the joints, back, and other areas of the body. To avoid this, bring extra bags so your trickster is not toting a weighted bag all evening.
Eat a Healthy Meal Beforehand
There are many healthier alternatives to candied treats on this October day. But while some households are opting to hand out non-sugary options, chances are your kids will still get lots of candy during their excursion. Eating a healthy, balanced meal before going out will fuel their body with the needed nutrients. Limit the number of sweet snacks they can eat so they are not overloading their bodies with simple sugars.
See A Chiropractor
Seeing a chiropractor before and after this special evening will help keep the body strong by naturally maintaining spinal alignment. A properly positioned back will reduce discomfort and risk of injury while running around the neighborhood streets.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we can help you and your children have a happy and healthy Halloween.