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Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

All dressed up
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
• 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.
• When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
• If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

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Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can

be subtle, and sometimes children can’t explain what’s wrong. But it’s important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers five warning signs parents should watch for.

• Your kids can’t keep up with their peers. If children lag behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. The muscles in the feet and legs tire easily because the feet are not functioning as well as they should.

• Children voluntarily withdraw from activities they usually enjoy. If they are reluctant to participate, it may be due to heel pain – a problem often seen in children between the ages of 8 and 14. Repetitive stress from sports may cause muscle strain and inflammation of the growth plate, a weak area at the back of a child’s heel.

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Safe from the Sun walk raising melanoma awareness
The first annual Walkathon for Melanoma will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon.

Organizers for the walkathon, Cindy Pickett, of Elmore, and Eleanor Riffle, of Millbury, are dedicating the event in honor of Pickett’s son, Micah, a 2000 graduate of Lake High School, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005. “Though Micah is doing well, we wanted to increase awareness about melanoma and to raise funds for the Melanoma International Fund,” said Riffle, who is Micah’s mother-in-law.

Registration for the 5K, three-mile walk is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Participants will get a goodie bag containing sunscreens and information about skin cancer.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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