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Be SAFE this season!

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Let's discuss safety tips for 2023, with a particular focus on the health considerations that should be emphasized to all of you and your children.

Avoiding Illness

Even in 2023, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a concern. As healthcare professionals, we encourage you to celebrate the holidays responsibly. This includes promoting best practices for avoiding cold and flu such as washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, nose or mouth, avoiding interaction with children or adults who are currently ill. If you or anyone you know is experiencing signs of cold, flu or COVID, it’s best for them to stay home. Remember taking these precautions can help prevent the spread of the virus while still enjoying the holiday.

 

Allergy Awareness

Sugar sweets, candy and treats can be a source of allergens that may trigger severe reactions in individuals with allergies. We encourage patients with allergies, especially children, to carry their epinephrine auto-injectors and educate their peers and teachers about their specific allergens. Parents can also consider participating in the “Teal Pumpkin Project,” which involves offering non-food treats to children with allergies to ensure their safety.

 

Candy Inspection

Know the importance of inspecting your children’s candy before consumption. This can help identify any tampered or potentially dangerous items. You should also be aware of the signs of food tampering and report any suspicious incidents to local authorities.

Healthy, Balanced Meals

Candy can have an epic sugar crash to parents and kids alike. A great way to minimize this insulin spike is by recommending feeding your family a nutritious dinner before going out to other outdoor or Harvest events. Typically, a high intake of sugar or carbohydrates will cause an insulin spike in the body that leads to that terrible sugar high and crash. By eating a meal with a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein you can set you and your family up for a healthy evening! 

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