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Interview with Dr. Rebecca Webb, Lovelace Westside Hospital

Dr. Rebecca Webb tells Action 7 News that Halloween hygiene starts at the costume store. She wants parents to know they should be picky about what kids try on.

"Anything that contacts your skin can irritate your skin," she explained. "It can also infect it with bacteria." For that reason, Webb says kids shouldn't try masks or headpieces on until the accessories are sanitized. Webb also said costumes should be a little loose so that kids can layer up underneath for the night of trick-or-treating. "We want them to be warm," she went on.

Doctors add that kids should be able to see, so make sure not to get accessories that impair their vision.

On Halloween night, Webb said to make sure that kids eat a big, healthy dinner before going out. She figures it will help cut down on candy consumption.

"Protein is good," she explained. Kids shouldn't be eating candy as they go, either, because it can be tampered with. Instead, doctors say to take the candy home, sort it and discard of anything questionable. They add that parents should be extra aware of kids' allergies during this time of year. Toddlers shouldn't have candy at all.

As far as safety concerns go, doctors can't stress enough that parents should escort their kids. Because trick-or-treating goes until dark and sometimes later, they say people should take flashlights or glowsticks with them to keep illuminated.

Trick-or-treating in Albuquerque is scheduled for Thursday night.

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