Dr. Sears' Tips For Easter Safety

by Amy McCarthy

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to talk about Easter safety. Easter may seemeaster safety like a pretty safe and innocuous holiday, but there are injuries and illness that occur each year around the holiday. Between Easter egg hunts to the family brunch, a few dangers do lurk. Check out these tips from Dr. Jim Sears of ABC’s THE DOCTORS to keep the whole family safe and happy while you celebrate the holiday.

Plastic grass in Easter baskets is a dangerous choking hazard for kids and pets. If ingested, it can cause an intestinal obstruction which is life threatening and could require surgery to repair.

Safe alternative: Use edible Easter grass (which can be purchased at candy stores or online) or kale to fill your Easter baskets.

Many children enjoy eating Easter eggs after scouting the house for them. But, hiding real eggs for your Easter egg hunt can cause foodborne illnesses. When you boil eggs their protective layer disappears and leaves the pores of the shell open and susceptible to bacteria, etc.

Safe alternative: Use plastic eggs for your hunts, not real ones. Children love saving their decorated Easter eggs for as long as they can. However, they go bad. Easter eggs, and eggs in general, should be thrown away after one week, even if they are in the fridge.

Safe alternative: If you want to keep your Easter eggs longer, blow out the inside. However, since raw eggs can contain salmonella, use a straw to blow out the eggs rather than placing your lips directly on the shell, or use pasteurized eggs.  

Because boiled eggs have open pores and children love eating their decorated eggs, make sure that your egg dye is safe for ingesting—not all dyes are.

Safe alternative: Use food grade dye or make your own dyes. Anything that will stain your clothes can be used to dye eggs. You can use cabbage, beets, blueberries, grape juice, turmeric, dried tea or chia seeds. To get a deep blue color, boil red cabbage leaves, add a teaspoon of vinegar and some water. Place eggs in dye and leave them there for awhile because homemade dyes take longer to set than the store-bought dyes.