Your family has found their perfect pumpkins and are now ready to make them their own. It might be tempting to hand over that carving kit and go watch your favorite Fall flicks, but are your kiddos ready to go on their own?
When my son, Matt, was younger, my husband and I seemed to have the same conversation every year: “How much of the pumpkin carving can Matt safely do?” A kid’s manual dexterity gets better with each passing Halloween — but that doesn’t always seem to come with an increase in common sense, as any ER doc will confirm. Keeping your children safe while carving pumpkins is actually fairly easy.
What are the best ways to keep children safe while carving pumpkins? I checked with the folks who know a lot about these matters: The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at State University of New York, and the American Society of Hand Therapists. These folks have seen it all, and they have some great tips to help keep your children safe around the pumpkin-carving table. (They might just keep Mom and Dad from needing a stitch or two, as well.)
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By Kathy Sena