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Halloween candy safety reminders

It's going to be tempting for your kids to open all the sweets if they haven't already, but now you have to worry about more than sugar when it comes to candy. Here’s why law enforcement and pediatricians want them be careful before indulging.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 6:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- If your kids racked up on a bunch of candy, don't be in too much of a rush to let them satisfy their sweet tooth.

"Halloween is such a fun time for kids. The time they can get out and play with their friends. They can also get candy which is great, but we also want to make sure our kids are safe with that," Dr. Kristen Frane with Fort Wayne Pediatrics said.

Fort Wayne Pediatrics and Fort Wayne Police Department are urging parents to inspect the candy before kids eat it. It could save you a trip to the hospital.

"There are individuals in our society that for whatever reason are motivated to harm people, and they do it by possibly lacing the candy or the treats with something that could be very dangerous if ingested," Officer Michael Joyner said.

If you notice the wrapper on the candy has been tampered with, throw it away.

"If you do see something that looks very suspicious like there's a foreign substance on it, possibly a metal object, let us know. we certainly would like to inspect it as well," Officer Joyner added.

Look at the ingredients.

"Especially our kids that have food allergies, we need to make sure all of the candy is being inspected by an adult. even if your child doesn't have a food allergy, it's really important for that parent to go through that candy with them. make sure everything is safe for them to eat," Dr. Frane added.

Besides the tummy aches and cavities the kids could get, one of the biggest things is to remember is to not eat homemade treats from strangers. You never know what's in them.

Also, make sure the candy is age appropriate to avoid choking hazards for children 4 years old and younger.

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