- Type of candy matters
The American Diabetes Association reports that candies high in fat, such as chocolate, are not great for treating lows. Coach your child on selecting hard candies, such as lollipops. If your child is a chocolate lover, aim for “fun-sized” candies.
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- Count carbs
In order for your child to enjoy their hard-earned Halloween goodies, help them count the carbs and adjust their insulin dosage to combat the carbs they will eat. Limiting candy to an after dinner treat, or dessert, can help your child stay diligent about their insulin and indulgences.
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- Barter with your child
Your kids do it with their candy; as a parent, why not get in on the action. Offer your child money in exchange for a portion of their treats (perhaps the portion with the most carbs). Or offer them other incentives, such as picking out a movie for the weekend, making their favorite dinner, allowing a small get together with friends, or other motivators.
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- Keep a snack handy while going door-to-door
Keeping a healthy, but enjoyable snack at hand will help combat lows, keep energy up, and keep them from snacking on candy before you get home.
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- Protect the feet, no matter the costume
As a parent of a diabetic child, you know how important foot care is. Since a lot of walking and cooler weather is involved, make sure your child wears comfortable and close-toed shoes. Sneakers are always preferable.
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- Alternative goodies
Okay, so don’t make your child ask neighbors for fruit instead of candy (unless they like that!). Some houses will give out little Halloween toys, balloons, or baby pumpkins! Instruct your child to go for something that will last longer than candy.
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- Opt for something BETTER than trick-or-treating
Maybe you don’t want to deal with the fuss of candy, costumes, and fluctuating insulin dosages. Skip it! Instead, take your child to a haunted attraction, community event, let him or her watch scary movies with friends and sleepover, or take them to a party.
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- Throw a party
If you opted out of trick-or-treating this year in order to host a party, you’ll have more control over the treats available for your child and your child’s friends. For guests bringing their children over after trick-or-treating, the kids will likely be toting their bags of candy. Offer a prizes to children in exchange for them giving you their candy. That way your child does not feel left out or tempted by other children’s goodies!
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- Make healthy food festive
Dye healthy vegetable dip orange to keep with the Halloween spirit! Bake sugar-free snacks, or freeze orange fruit pops.
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- Most importantly, don’t micromanage your child
If your child is sensitive about his or her diabetes, don’t aggravate that frustration about being “different” or “restricted.” Instead, lead by example, teach your child, and listen to them when they vent about being “different.” Come up with a reasonable and healthy compromise if they resist giving up their candy or substituting.
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