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Bryn Mawr Hospital pediatrician offers safety tips for Halloween

Bryn Mawr Hospital October 27, 2014 News Releases

From ghosts and goblins to candy and costumes, there’s no doubt that children everywhere are waiting in anticipation for their favorite spooky night of the year. Despite the fun of the tricks and treats of Halloween, it’s important for us to keep our children safe.

“Adults should accompany their small children when going out trick-or-treating. Older children should plan a route and walk through familiar areas that are well-lit and filled with groups of people. And remind all children to never enter a home or a car for a treat,” says Cheryl Clarkin, MD, chief of inpatient pediatric services, Nemours duPont Pediatrics at Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health. “Before allowing children to eat the candy, parents should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering. Also, limit the amount of treats your child can eat.”

Before heading out in the neighborhood to collect treats, Dr. Clarkin gives these important tips:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective or consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • Avoid non-prescription decorative contact lenses as they can cause serious eye injuries and infections.
  • Before applying costume makeup on a large surface of the body, test a small section first to make sure you or your children are not allergic.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats, and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

“It’s important not to forget about the children with allergies on Halloween,” adds Dr. Clarkin. “Provide a variety of snacks if you can—perhaps some without nuts and other common allergens. For those children that can’t eat candy, try giving out non-food items, like coloring books and crayons.”

Bryn Mawr Hospital’s pediatric department is hosting a fun-filled Halloween Candy Exchange for children ages four to 18 with insulin-dependent diabetes and other food allergies. Children may bring their Halloween candy and exchange it for gift certificates, nutritious drinks, snacks and toys on November 1, 2014 from 5:00–7:00 pm at Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 287-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to lifelong health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named as one of the top six hospitals in the Philadelphia region and top 12 in the state of Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017–18, and is ranked as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bryn Mawr Hospital as high performing in the following procedures/conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015–18 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The National Institutes of Health Commission on Cancer has accredited our Cancer Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Bariatric Program has earned the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, maternity care, bariatric surgery, neurovascular and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technologies. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified, fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.


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