Tricking diabetes gives children treat

BY HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE Modified: November 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm •  Published: October 27, 2009
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uot;It’s hard to watch other kids tear into sacks of candy, but with a little preplanning, parents can make the holiday more enjoyable.”

Following are some ideas from the Central Oklahoma chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for a happy and healthy Halloween.

→Trade candy for cash or toys. Parents can often allow some candy on Halloween for their type 1 kids, but they also should have their child exchange the bulk of the candy for a toy that they really want. Parents also can buy back the collected candy with a coin for each piece. Older kids may appreciate their parents making a contribution to a charity like Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or another worthy cause.

Plan alternative activities and treats. Host a Halloween party and offer small toys such as glow-in-the-dark insects and Halloween-themed stickers and cause-related wristbands as treats. During the party, you can make popcorn balls, hand out sugar-free candy and other sugar-free treats. By placing the focus on fun and not food, the holiday can be better for everyone involved.

Inform teachers and nurses at your child’s school . Prepare your child, teachers and nurses with information about type 1 diabetes before Halloween. The holiday can be a teaching opportunity about health, science and diet. Some schools have used Halloween as an opportunity to calculate the carbohydrate counts for varied serving sizes of sweets, should there be a Halloween party in the classroom.

Take inventory. If you are going to allow your child candy, be sure to space out your distribution by having him pick out only a few things and eat one a day or on a supervised schedule.


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