Halloween is here! It’s time to pick our spooky costumes, decorate our porches, and prepare our tricks and treats. Halloween is a scary time for many different reasons. It can be scary thanks to the spooky mood that it creates, the scary costume and decorations, but also it can be “candy scary”. More than 4% of all candy consumed in the U.S. is eaten during Halloween. Should that concern you? If you are a parent of diabetic child, you might have some concerns about Halloween. Even though there are many ways you can control and manage what your child eats, it can be particularly hard during Halloween. For some children, Halloween is all about the candy. Too much candy though can cause the increase of blood sugar levels, which is dangerous for diabetics.
Here is a guide for your diabetic child’s Halloween survival:
- You can still allow your child to eat candy, as long as you keep in mind the carbohydrate count.
- Choose the fun-size treats instead of the full-size ones.
- Choose wisely. Opt for the chocolate covered nuts or fruits instead of a plain milk chocolate treats. That way you save up sugar and carbs.
- For children with type 1 diabetes, candy must always be balanced with extra insulin.
- Long Halloween night walks also affect their blood sugar. Provide them with a small healthy snack that they can eat whenever they feel hungry.
- When the “trick or treat” part of the day is over, it would be helpful to sit with your child and organize their candy stash. Let them pick out their favorite treats and have them exchange the rest for non-food treats.
- Talk to your child about what they should look out for and when and where to contact you if needed.
- If your child is attending the party of a friend, let the parents who are hosting the party know that your child is diabetic.
Halloween should be fun for every child. Planning ahead and preparing your child for it can be the best way for you and your child to enjoy this holiday!
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