Kids love Halloween, but for children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, trick or treating pose a challenge. Tempting candy is hard to resist when all the other kids get to partake, so what can parents do to encourage healthy eating and good blood glucose management during the holiday?
- Place the emphasis on having fun in other ways.
- Celebrate the festivities with creative crafts, costume making, and decorations.
- Let your child to host his or her own party and plan a healthy menu.
- Consult with your child’s physician on how to factor in some candy into an overall healthy eating plan.
- Trade some of the sweets for an alternative ‘treat’ such as a much desired toy, sporting equipment, video game, or special outing.
- Help your child sort through the candy so that they can decide which items to enjoy in the short and or to store for another occasion.
- Use the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Pediatric and Adolescent Services website to review a list of 15 gram Halloween treats.
With a little planning and assistance, your child will find it easier to manage their Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and still enjoy this fun time!