LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Baptist Health Medical Center offers tips to child Halloween costume safety. Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material. Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may obscure your child's vision and hinder his breathing. If you do opt for a mask, cut oversized holes for his eyes and mouth, and encourage him to take the mask off each time he crosses the street. Avoid oversized costumes and shoes that can trip her up. Choose comfortable shoes and make sure clothes don't drag on the ground. Select light-colored costumes when possible. This makes it easier for drivers to spot trick-or-treaters. For costumes that have to be dark, accessorize with a white pillowcase your child can use to stash his loot and help him stand out in the dark. Attach reflective tape to her costume to make her easier to spot. A few strips on her back, front, and goodie bag should do the trick. If she's planning on biking or skateboarding, stick some tape on that as well. Ensure his emergency information (name, number, and address) are somewhere on his clothes or on a bracelet if you're not going to be with him. Choose accessories that are smooth and flexible. Look for swords, knives, and other accessories that don't look too realistic or have sharp ends or points. Give her a flashlight, watch, and cell phone or coins to help her see where she's going, know when to head home, or make a call if she's in trouble. Make sure she knows her curfew and how to contact you.
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