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Happy Halloween! It’s the season of candies and sweet snacks. Here are a few tips to help keep your little ones safe and healthy during this fun holiday.
This time of the year, many people like to put out a candy bowl at home or at the office. While we love the gesture of sharing but do try to avoid snacking on sweet treats throughout the day as it will increase your risk of cavities.
Not all candies are the same. Candies that stick to your teeth or stay in the mouth for a long period of time can post an increased risk for tooth decay. That being said, avoid hard candies and sticky candies, like taffy and gummy bear.
Turn Stash To Cash
What do you do after a successful treat-or-trick? What to do with all the candies your kids worked so hard for? Well, if you absolutely have to keep a stash of candies, have everyone in the family picks out a few of their favorite ones. You can also make it a fun and meaningful Halloween activity by having your kids help to pick out an organization to donate the rest of the candies. Some dentists or local businesses may also offer a buy-back program that allows your kids to trade in their candy for cash. For a list of participating businesses, go to https://familyfuninomaha.com/halloween-candy-buy-back/
Top 5 Halloween Safety Tips
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Halloween can be tricky for children with food allergies. It's important that parents closely examine Halloween candy to avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction
Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.