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Holloween Tips for Parents with Diabetic Kids

Halloween brings not only thoughts of witches, ghosts, spirits and jack-o-lanterns but also of candies, chocolates, lots of gooey treats and parties! For parents with a diabetic child, Halloween could spell disaster as you worry about your child getting left out on all the fun that the season brings; wondering if your child could join in on the fun of trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities.

No need to fret. Living with diabetes in the family, especially among young children, should not interfere with creating happy Halloween memories. Here are some tips on how to make Halloween a safe and enjoyable event for you and your diabetic child.

  • Instead of going to parties in friends’ or relatives’ houses, why don’t you plan your own Halloween party? That way, you could invite friends and family for a fun get-together. And the most important thing is, YOU can create a healthy menu for the party that your diabetic child could partake in.
  • Trick-or-treating during Halloween is always a fun activity for kids, and there’s no reason not to allow your child with diabetes to join in on the fun. For younger children, it is not a bad idea to trick-or-treat with a parent or an older sibling. That way, someone could look out for your child if he or she needs to check his blood glucose or inject insulin, for example. For older children, you could always remind them to check out their blood glucose if they feel any symptom of hypoglycemia.
  • After trick-or-treating, allow your kids with diabetes to have a few treats. Just make sure to remind them to eat these sweet treats in moderation. Reminding them about the consequences of eating sweets on their diabetes can help them control their cravings for such treats. You could also try sweet-talking your child to just pick a few favorite treats and trade the rest for a present.
  • If your diabetic child eats the candies and sweet goodies from trick-or-treating, immediately check their blood glucose. Doing so can help teach your kid that sweet treats do cause increases in their blood sugar. Of course, being diabetics, they would want their blood glucose in normal ranges.
  • Doing extra physical activity after consuming some Halloween treats and the following days after Halloween could help prevent adding extra insulin to his or her treatment regimen. Consulting a dietitian or diabetes educator on how Halloween treats could be incorporated into your child’s meal plan, could also help.
  • Stock up on Halloween treats that are lower in carbohydrate, instead of the usual candies. Or you could give out small toys or trinkets to your kids like false teeth, necklaces, Halloween masks, temporary tattoos, etc. instead of sweets as treats.

Make Halloween an enjoyable experience for your diabetic child and the whole family. Happy trick-or-treating!

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