Keep your kids teeth healthy for Halloween 

It’s that time of year already! With Halloween right around the corner I wanted to write a post on how to keep your kids teeth healthy with all the candy they will be consuming. And yours too because let’s face it, we all eat our kids candy. I probably look forward to Halloween just as much as my son! Even though we can’t control what sweet treats are given to them, we can control what they eat and when. There are also a few other things we can do to help keep those pearly whites healthy while still being able to enjoy their candy.

When it comes to the type of candy your kids eat, some are less harmful to the teeth than others. Plain chocolate is the least harmful candy to the teeth. It is easy to chew and melts in your mouth so it doesn’t sit on the teeth for a long time. There is not one specific sweet treat that is the most harmful to the teeth, there two major types. Any candy that is sticky, such as caramel and taffy, is very bad for the teeth. It sticks to the teeth during chewing and unless it’s removed, it stays there for a while after the piece of candy is consumed. When sugar sits on the teeth it weakens the enamel and causes cavities. The second type of harmful candy is hard candies. They are very tough on the teeth if they are chewed on, but generally people suck on hard candies. It takes a good amount of time to eat a piece of hard candy, the bigger the size, the longer it takes. Having a piece of hard candy means the teeth are exposed to damaging sugars for long periods of time, which causes an environment for bacteria to thrive and cavities to form. Not good! 

There are ways you can help your kids teeth stay healthy while letting them enjoy their Halloween candy. Add a third or even fourth time brushing to the day. Your kids may not be thrilled about it, but they will thank you in the long run when they are cavity free. Even a quick brush is better than nothing. Make sure they are flossing or your helping them floss, even candy  can get in between teeth. When you give your kids candy also give them a glass of water and try to make sure they drink it. The water will help wash away the harmful sugars and create a more alkaline environment. And no candy close to bedtime! If some sugars were missed during your children’s before bed brushing, it will sit on the teeth all night doing damage. 

I know this is basic, but I hope it helps someone out. Add these few preventitive measures to your days after Halloween. Try and stick to chocolates and limit the amounts of sticky and hard candies. Now we can all enjoy Halloween and have kids with healthy teeth! Happy Halloween! đź‘»


Medicine vs. Mommy 0-1

My now 5 year old son has always been the pickiest eater. If he doesn’t like the way something looks or smells he’s not touching it. On top of his picky eating he also has an extreme gag reflex. It’s so bad that even laughing too hard will make this kid throw up! All of these wonderful qualities my son has makes taking medicine an absolute nightmare. It is pure torture for everyone involved! Some over the counter meds I can put in a cup of chocolate milk and he will drink it without knowing its in there. Prescription medications are a completely different story. He calls me out right away when I try to put it in his chocolate milk and spits out the little bit he drank all over the floor. I have tried putting it in a spoon or measuring cup and having him drink it straight up, but he gags at the sight and smell of it. Then we have tried the good old syring, which for my little man is a guarantee there will be medicine all over me, him and the floor and is usually followed up with a horrible vomiting and crying session. The crying is from the both of us, lol. So needless to say, when my son was sick again this time and the pediatrician prescribed azithromycin again I wanted to scream! I knew I had to find a way for my poor baby to take medicine and have it not be a circus act. Finally it dawned on me! I put 2ml of medicine on a spoon and covered it with chocolate syrup. My son was still pretty apprehensive about eating it, but two big bites later and the medicine was down his throat and not on my floor! There was no crying, yelling, or throwing up! My son was so proud of himself for taking his medicine like a big boy.  It was an epic mommy win moment!  Hopefully this works for you too if you have a little one who is horrible at taking nasty tasting medicine.