Handling Halloween sweets shouldn't be a horror for parents. If your child is managing diabetes or food allergies, simple steps can keep them enjoying the fall festivities while ensuring their health.
Facing Food Allergies
One way to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies is to put the emphasis on spookiness rather than treats. There are many fun things to do that don't involve eating, such as watching scary movies, going to haunted houses or on treasure hunts, making masks, or carving pumpkins.
While you and your child may know which foods trigger an allergic reaction, some Halloween treats don't provide information about their ingredients and are not safe for children with food allergies. Let your kids know that mini-sized snacks may not carry the usual food allergy warnings. It's also important for parents to tell their children it's fine to say "No, thank you" to treats they know are not safe for them.
One thing parents of children with food allergies can do is drop off safe treats with neighbors before Halloween. And if you're worried that your youngster will be tempted to snack while trick-or-treating, make them a special treat sack to help them avoid the temptation of snacking before they get home.
Dealing with Diabetes
- Provide a substitute snack for their child if a Halloween party at school is an issue.
- Enjoy Halloween treats in moderation. Count carbohydrates and adjust insulin as appropriate.
- Save Halloween treats for dessert after dinner.
- Hand out lower-calorie goodies to trick-or-treaters.
- At a Halloween party, serve up fruit, vegetables and cheese.
By HealthDay News