VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Emergency room nurses at SGMC in Valdosta said they're expecting to see an increase in the number of kids coming in the day after Halloween.
Carey Weldon, an Registered Nurse in the ER at SGMC, said many kids will come into the ER the day after Halloween not feeling well from having eaten too much candy the night before.
Weldon said Eating too much candy can also put some kids at risk for more than just a stomach ache though. "Typically, after Halloween we have a bunch of kids come in. They have stomach aches from eating too much candy. Sometimes their sugar's up if they're diabetic...If they're diabetic they could be in DKA. We'd have to give them insulin and possibly admit them," explained Weldon.
She also pointed out that they see an increase in children coming in on Halloween night with injuries related to being hit by cars. "We have a ton that come in, so [kids] need to be wearing bright colors," Weldon emphasized. "The night of Halloween, we have a bunch that are getting hit and they're runnin' out in traffic and people aren't seein' 'em because it's dark."
The city of Valdosta will officially celebrate Halloween on November 1st this year instead of the traditional date of October 31st, due to the fact that many Valdosta police officers will be providing security for the football game between Valdosta and Lowndes County on October 31st and will be unavailable to patrol the streets to help keep trick-or-treaters safe.