This weekend, the city will be crawling with little trick-or-treaters excitedly going door-to-door collecting as much candy as they can. But if you have a child with diabetes, a holiday spent collecting heaps of sugary candy can be stressing, and even dangerous if you don't know what to do.
Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween candy. Just set a time for when they can enjoy a few pieces of the fun-sized candy bars and adjust their meal accordingly, decreasing the amount of carbs since the carbohydrates in the candy will cause their blood sugar level to rise.
To prevent your child from eating too many sugary sweets after a night trick-or-treating, have some fun, alternative Halloween treats readily available at home. One easy idea: make "ghosts" by putting chcolate chip eyes and a mouth on mini-bananas. Or peel tangerines while keeping them the slices intact, and stick a small piece of celery on top to make a stem, making the citrus treat look like little pumpkins.
Last, make sure you store the Halloween candy in a cupboard, out of sight from your child. That way, he or she will have to ask you for a piece of candy first instead of just mindlessly snacking on it if it's on a bowl on the table.
Keeping these tips in mind can help your child still enjoy all the fun of Halloween without putting him or herself at risk.