Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween & Diabetes

Halloween is right around the corner and this is Kelsey's first year with Diabetes. So naturally, I am thinking of how we are going to work the CANDY SITUATION! Since we are new to this, I was happy to see that both JDRF and Children with Diabetes have a Halloween Survival Guide. (Thank goodness!) :)

Here are some great tips to help children with Type 1 Diabetes celebrate Halloween without the sugar shock:

* Trade candy for cash or toys. Renowned chef Michel Nischan has two sons with type 1 diabetes, and he says that a little candy on Halloween is OK, but suggests that most of their treats be exchanged for a toy or something they really want. "Parents can also buy back the collected candy with a coin for each piece," he says, adding that "older kids may appreciate their parents making a contribution to a worthy charity like JDRF or to the victims of Hurricane Katrina."

* Plan alternative activities and treats. Host a Halloween party and offer things like glow-in-the-dark insects, Halloween-themed stickers, and cause-related wristbands as treats. Popcorn balls and sugar-free candy and other sugar-free treats can replace the usual sweets. By placing the focus on fun and not food, the holiday can be better and healthier for everyone involved.

* Plan alternative activities and treats. Host a Halloween party and offer things like glow-in-the-dark insects, Halloween-themed stickers, and cause-related wristbands as treats. Popcorn balls and sugar-free candy and other sugar-free treats can replace the usual sweets. By placing the focus on fun and not food, the holiday can be better and healthier for everyone involved.

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Inform teachers and health care officials at your child's school. Prepare your child as well as faculty and staff with information about type 1 diabetes before Halloween events begin. The holiday can be an opportunity to teach about health, science, and diet. Some schools have used Halloween as an occasion to calculate the carbohydrate counts for varied serving sizes of sweets before classroom parties. 
 (Make sure to check out the link!!)

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Take inventory. If you are going to allow your child to eat candy, be sure to have them pick out only a few pieces at a time and eat them according to a supervised schedule. 

Thanks to JDRF for the info and help during this holiday! 

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