Last year, we posted a popular blog about on non-food treats you can hand out for Halloween. We encourage handing out stickers, play-doh and other fun goodies to avoid overloading your child with sugar, which can cause tooth decay. As it turns out, there’s another great reason to hand out non-food items at Halloween: children with food allergies.
Halloween can be a difficult time for kids with food allergies. Some of the more common allergies, such as nuts, can be life-threatening for children. These children want to participate in Halloween, but with a severe allergy, kids can’t even eat food that has been processed in a factory that also handles nuts. This can make Halloween stressful for these kids.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to raise awareness of this issue. If you decide to hand out non-food treats this Halloween, simply place a teal pumpkin outside your door so that kids with food allergies know you are a safe place to get treats. You can still hand out candy, but if you have other non-food options at hand, you can help include kids with food allergies into the festivities of Halloween.
As your child’s pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to take care of all your children’s dental needs. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.
About Northwest Children’s Pediatric Dentists
Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years. They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children’s Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.
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It’s a common stereotype that people are afraid to go the dentist. Add onto the fact that you might be taking a toddler or young child to see the dentist, and you might dread the appointment more than your child. But here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we are trained pediatric dentists who take pride in making you and your child comfortable each time they visit the dentist. We believe that positive experiences will encourage kids to want to return, which in turn increases the likelihood that your child will maintain healthy teeth over a lifetime.