Pediatric dentist know that all children are not alike. Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may not be effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion or discomfort wearing a nasal mask. Your pediatric dentist will check your child’s medical history, level of anxiety and dental treatment needs and tell you if nitrous oxide/oxygen is recommended for your child. Pediatric dentists have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that are right for your child. Looking for more posts about nitrous oxide?

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Wise Wizard

Step 1: Take an over-sized long-sleeved purple or blue shirt and cut the ends of the sleeves on a diagonal so they come to a point. Then cut the bottom of the shirt so it’s zigzagged and glue geometric shapes of black felt on with fabric glue.

Step 2: For the bottom of the costume, dress your young wizard in black pants. Take a long purple or blue skirt, zigzag the bottom and put it on top of the pants. Add a gold tie around your wizard’s waist.

Step 3: Add a pointed hat (decorate it with star and moon stickers), a scarf (dark or glittery is best), a colorful wig, a cane, boot covers and glasses.

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I am a wizard

Menacing Monster

Step 1: The base of the costume is a long-sleeved shirt, spotted leggings and boots.

Step 2: For the body, cut a length of fake fur fabric that is about twice as long as you want it to be on your child. Fold it in half lengthwise, sew up each side almost to the top (leave room for armholes), cut a hole in the top fold for your child’s head and cut the bottom edge so that it is zigzagged. It should fit like a baggy sleeveless tunic.

Step 3: For paws, cut out two pairs of fur pieces shaped like mittens (trace your own hands, leaving an inch or two of extra space) and sew them together. Then cut a slit and thumb hole in the bottom of each for your child’s fingers.

Step 4: Cut out two rectangles of fur fabric, each long and tall enough to wrap around a boot. Secure them in place with glue and allow to dry.

Step 5: Make the cap using a simple pattern available at a craft store or buy a knit hat and glue on horns, eyes, etc. made of felt.

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Boo!

Batty Witch

Step 1: Most of this costume is probably right in your closet! Start with a black shirt, a black or black and white patterned skirt, some colorful tights, a dainty black scarf and a belt. Our witch is wearing her own special pair of “ruby slippers”–red sneakers!

Step 2: Add black gloves and some costume jewelery. Pin a piece of sheer black fabric around her shoulders like a cape.

Step 3: Decorate a plain black witch hat by gluing on ribbon, feathers and black bat shapes cut out of cardboard or felt using fabric glue or a glue gun. Allow to dry.

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Trick or Treat!

Use logic. Tweens can begin to mentally work out whether their fears are legitimate. Have your child ask themselves how likely it is that their worst-case scenario will actually happen. Then talk about potential solutions. They may be surprised at how easily they let their fears spin into something bigger than reality. Need to be refreshed on some earlier posts on Butterflies? This is our last post on Butterflies. Look for our upcoming Halloween posts.

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Stressing over a test

Think positive. Asking your child to repeat constructive phrases can soothe their nerves. The night before a quiz, they might say, “I studied a lot for this,” or “I did well on my last test.” Have you seen the other Butterflies posts?

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Create a worry box. Older children can list their fears on pieces of paper (younger kids can draw pictures) and store them in a shoebox. By visualizing their worries contained in a box, children acknowledge their fears rather than avoid them (which is what leads to anxiety), and then set them aside.

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Stressing over a test

Does your child stress before a big test or game? These calming strategies can help put things into perspective.

Talk about it. Children are less likely to be anxious if they have the chance to discuss their fears with you. You might record your chat, play it back and then talk about it some more. Hearing their fears out loud can make them seem less scary.

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