(CNN) - Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for children who like to dress up, be with friends and collect mounds of candy.
But parents need to monitor those treats in the days to come to make sure their children don't get sick and develop unhealthy habits.
Some parents struggle with how to look out for their children's well-being without being a Halloween candy cop.
But Halloween treats are usually packed with calories and bad for the teeth. A kid's haul from Halloween typically contains 4,800 calories, three cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of fat. That's the average for about 60 pieces of candy, according to an obesity expert at Loyola University.
Experts say parents shouldn't deprive their children of candy, but should have a conversation about how much might be too much. They should make sure that children continue to eat healthy meals and save the candy for a special treat. It's also a good idea to monitor tooth-brushing a bit more than usual.
Sticky, gooey candy can get stuck between teeth. And some sneaky parents get rid of some of the candy after the kids have gone to bed.
Halloween often is more about overindulging in sweets than moderation, so this may be a great time to talk to children about good health habits they can carry into adulthood.
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