The Department of Agriculture says Americans are consuming six more pounds of sugar a year than they did forty years ago. With the fears surrounding the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes in our country, it’s no wonder moms all over the nation are worried about their children’s health and how Halloween’s focus on sugar and high-fructose corn syrup filled treats are impacting it for months after the holiday. Dr. Collins has some suggestions and even a new, fun tradition you can start with your family.
Thanks to health trends, grocers are now selling tons of natural and organic candy without as much sugar. In fact, Whole Foods Market now carries almost 20 assortments of healthier Halloween themed candies, meaning you don’t have to give up variety for the sake of health. Many stores are also selling Halloween-themed snacks like pretzels, goldfish, and gummy treats. Edible items aren’t even always the favorite loot from the labors of trick-or-treating. Most kids love getting small trinkets like erasers, bubbles, tiny plastic jars of goo, spider rings or other small toys in place of candy.
According to a survey by the National Confectioners Association, 81% of parent’s report having rules in place to limit Halloween candy intake for their children. These seem to vary drastically. Here are some popular examples:
-Allowing kids to binge on the candy the first night or two in hopes they will lose interest and find the candy less appealing.
-Keeping the candy out of sight following the train of thought ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’
-Letting the kids have a predetermined amount of candy each day. Such as one piece of candy each day until it runs out.
However, a new strategy is sweeping the nation. If you haven’t seen it all over your social media pages yet, you soon will. Thanks to creative parents and several children’s books there’s a new fairy in town. She tip-toes into town after the kids are asleep on Halloween night and switches their bucket of candy, left outside their bedroom door, for a toy. She has been called the Halloween Fairy or The Switch Witch and is mentioned in several children’s storybooks and was featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank. I think it’s safe to say the Tooth Fairy is fully supportive of her efforts as are dentists, doctors, and parents around the nation.
Regular teeth cleaning from an early age can have a tremendously positive effect on the overall health of your children. The American Dental Association recommends cleanings and exams every six months and that babies have their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday. Call Dr. Collins today at 858-866-9692 to schedule a cleaning or to discuss any health concerns you may have.
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