Health and Halloween, keeping candy safe

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16 Morning News talked with local health experts to weigh in on how to keep kids safe in Michiana this Halloween.

Dr. Terry Mahoney from Mahoney Family Dentistry says kids should not skip out on one of the most anticipated holidays of the season, instead stick with routines. Parents should make sure kids don't overload on the candy and ensure they brush after eating.

Dentists say the best types of candy are those that dissolve and don't stick on teeth for long periods of time. Choose chocolate or powdry treats to avoid prolonging sugar exposure to teeth, which can cause bacteria and tooth decay. The worst candy is caramel, lollipops, and nougats, varieties that are full of sugar.

As for parents concerned about kids with allergies, Dr. Jim Harris, an allergist at the South Bend Clinic says, there's no need to be frightened.

Be prepared on the road, parents should carry emergency medicine just in case. Go over the "dos" and "don'ts" with kids about what they can and can't eat. And bring along substitutes.


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