Purim Tips for Parents
Dr. Ron Berant, Director of the Emergency Medicine Department (ER) at Schneider Children’s, notes that every Purim, children arrive at the hospital suffering from various wounds and injuries typical of the holiday. In addition, this year more than ever, because of the wearing of masks and the mandatory use of Alcogel - both of which are highly inflammable –it is important that parents pay extra special attention and care when children are near any source of fire.
This is a very dangerous game. Children should be kept away and prevented as far as possible from playing with cap guns of any kind as it can cause injuries and burns. In the event of an injury from a cap gun, the wound must be washed with tap water, bandaged and the child brought as soon as possible to the hospital's ER for medical attention.
Traditional gift baskets for children under the age of 7 should not contain small items such as hard candy, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews and seeds, as well as small plastic objects which could be inhaled into the lungs.
Costumes and Make-Up:
Fancy-dress costumes should have the seal of approval from the Standards Institute and should be made of non-inflammable material without attachments of feathers, paper, carton or cotton wool. Children should keep their distance from fire especially if they are wearing hats and wigs. Only cosmetics approved by the Ministry of Health should be used. In the event of a suspected skin reaction as a result of makeup, wash the area with water and take the child to a first aid station.
Aerosols and foam sprays:
Aerosols and foam sprays contain chemical substances which are harmful to the eyes upon contact. These items should never be aimed at the eyes. In the event of an eye injury due to contact with these substances, rinse the eyes with tap water and refer the child for medical attention.
Dafna Ziv-Bosani, Head of the Nutrition and Dietary Unit, notes that children are apt to eat a lot of candies and confectionary over Purim rather than nutritious food necessary for normal growth. The importance of maintaining proper nutrition should be explained to children and limits imposed where appropriate. Candies should be limited to one or two at the most after a nutritious meal. Food labels should be read, while items disguised as healthy foods such as nutritious snacks or morning cereals which contain high amounts of sugar and oil should be removed from the child's diet. Use should be made of the red and green stickers located on foodstuffs today.