When our son, Matthew, was young, the sights and sounds of the 4th of July could send him into a complete tailspin. He’d cover his ears and bury his face in my lap, crying uncontrollably. Although fireworks were lots of fun for us, they were way too much stimulation for him.
What can be overwhelming for children like Matthew can be a call to action for many others who are energized by the sights and sounds of the holiday. Eager to experience pyrotechnics first hand, they beg, promise, and cajole: “Please, please, let me light the match, dad?” “I promise I won’t point the sparkler at anyone!” “I HAVE to get my own rockets!”
Before you hand your children sparklers this year or invite them to join you in creating fireworks displays at home, consider these sobering facts.
July 4th celebrations are a time for fun – and also a time for safety.
So, as you look forward to making plans with your family and friends this Independence Day, we at Weiss Pediatric Care join the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in encouraging you to avoid using consumer fireworks at home, and enjoy public displays handled by the experts.
Have a safe and fun-filled 4th!