Halloween

I started taking my informal poll of Halloween costumes back when flu vaccines were shot only. Talking about who’s going to be what is a great topic and a great distraction. The past few years I’ve enjoyed hearing about creative mash-ups for traditional costumes like vampire princesses and zombie robots.

Every year is someone’s first Halloween, and the links below provide thoughtful information for making the holiday safe for kids of all ages. I especially like the pumpkin science experiment at the very end of the Bananas article.

American Academy of Pediatrics: costume and nighttime safety

Bananas, Inc.: getting the younger child ready for Halloween & pumpkin learning

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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