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The month of October contains one of the favorite holidays of kids across the country. Parties, special treats, candy and especially costumes are part of the celebration; however Halloween can be a difficult time for children with diabetes. Party tables laden with decorations and delights, check-out counters with bowls of chocolates, and of course the infamous trick-or-treating does not set a supportive atmosphere for diabetic children. Watching the festivities without joining in some of them can be especially challenging.
What is a parent of diabetic children to do with all this, yet still help their child have a positive experience?
- Focus on the fun in a non-candy way. Plan and host a Halloween or Harvest party. Give your child stewardship in the planning and inviting, creativity in coming up with decorations and games. Connectg with other families affected by diabetes.
- Discover local Harvest and Halloween events such as pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, etc. This helps create memories and enjoyment outside the candy/treat emphasis.
- Incorporate food traditions that support your child, such as bobbing for apples.
- Check out the internet for Halloween crafts; let your child choose what interests them.
If you do decide that you want to trick or treat, consult your child’s doctor to see how to safely incorporate some treats into meal time.
- Candy lasts for weeks or even months. Doling out a small amount at a time can keep insulin in check.
- Incentivize the holiday buy setting up a “candy buy-back”.
Any child who goes trick-or-treating should always bring their candy home for a safety inspection. As you go through the stash of goodies, you and your child can decide what would fit the criteria set by your doctor and aligns with a moderated intake.