Halloween can be a difficult time of the year for children with diabetes. One of the holiday’s most well established traditions is the widespread distribution and consumption of various sugary treats. Unfortunately for children with diabetes, many of these products are detrimental to their health because of the way they impact blood-sugar levels and promote weight gain. For these reasons, it is important that parents keep a few things in mind when it comes to Halloween:
Enjoy sugary treats in moderation: As with many other foods, candy can be enjoyed by those with diabetes in small amounts. The most important thing to make sure is that your child does not gorge themselves on all the sweets they receive on Halloween. Try distributing throughout the year whatever sorts of sugary treats they happen to collect on that day.
Try alternative treats: This one requires some creativity, but you can always attempting offering your child substitutes for candy on Halloween. Fresh fruit and popcorn for example make some great alternative snacks.
Talk with your child: Make sure to explain to them why they have to be careful with their consumption of candy, especially given their condition. We also recommend taking Halloween as an opportunity to teach your child how to count carbohydrates, showing them how to figure out how much of a sweet treat they can have.
Don’t hone in on the candy: Try to reframe the holiday under some of its other common themes so that your child is not completely focused on the trick or treating aspect of it. We recommend trying activities such as costume designing, Halloween themed games, scary story reading and horror movie marathons to shift your child’s interest to other things besides sugary treats.
Children with diabetes do not need to feel left out on Halloween simply because of all the candy that is readily available. Following these tips and using some of your own creativity will ensure that they develop a healthy and diabetic friendly relationship with the holiday.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.