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What's Ailing You: Halloween candy

This week's "What's Ailing You" focuses on trick-or-treating. News 12 Connecticut met up with some kids in downtown Darien this week who wanted to know how much Halloween candy parents should let them

News 12 Staff

Oct 31, 2014, 2:10 AM

Updated 3,518 days ago

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This week's "What's Ailing You" focuses on trick-or-treating.
News 12 Connecticut met up with some kids in downtown Darien this week who wanted to know how much Halloween candy parents should let them have.
Dr. Jerry Simon, of Dental Care Kids of Stamford, says eating a lot of candy in one shot is better than eating a little bit frequently. This is because each time you bite into sweets, the bacteria in your mouth gobbles it up and forms an acid that creates cavities.
Dr. Simon recommends enjoying some of it and then getting the rest out of your house. Nutritionist Cathy McCarthy, of Stamford-based Believe in Youth Health and Wellness, agrees.
McCarthy says parents need to be strategic because too much sugar in a child's diet can cause impaired thinking, sluggishness and highs and lows, among other things. She suggests offering a nickel for each piece of candy the child parts with.
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