Today we welcome back Allison Blass as a guest blogger at The LOOP. In this post, she’s digging up some childhood trick-or-treat memories and offering up some advice to D-parents about making Halloween fun for kids with diabetes. Also, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s still time to enter your photos (from this year or Halloween’s past) toThe LOOP Halloween Contest. First prize is $100 Gift Card!
When I was growing up with diabetes, life was different. I was on insulin injections of a long-acting insulin, NPH, and a rapid-acting insulin, Regular, that wasn’t really that rapid-acting at all (it took 30 minutes to start working!). Halloween was not an easy time, but my parents managed to find ways to still make it fun and enjoyable.
Even though I’m now in my mid-twenties, I still have to be careful around the holidays, especially Halloween. Here are some tips to keep Halloween from getting too scary!
1. Personalize the stash:
When your child comes home from a long night of trick-or-treating, examine the loot.
Your child can pick a few small fun-sized pieces that they absolutely love and put it into a bag with their name on it. You can do the same thing with siblings, so that there is no sibling rivalry over who gets what candy. The rest of the candy can be thrown away (or Mom & Dad can keep an eye on it!).
My younger brother and I kept separate plastic bags of fun-sized candy in the kitchen cupboard, while my parents took the king-sized candy bars and kept them in the freezer. Occasionally my dad would break off a portion of a king-sized candy bar to chop up and put on vanilla ice cream.
Editor’s Note: Check out this issue of Medtronic’s News to Infuse e-newsletter for a helpful list of carb counts for popular fun-sized candy.
2. Set limits:
Keep the candy someplace out of reach from sneaky fingers and limit how many pieces of candy a day is allowed. Kids often bring candy to school, so a piece at lunchtime is a good limit to set. Moderation is an important lesson to learn for everyone. No one should eat as much candy or food as they want!
When I was a kid, I had one piece of candy at lunch, and one piece at afternoon snack or after dinner (but never both). This usually meant that Halloween candy lasted past Thanksgiving. It was actually pretty cool. While all my friends were scarfing their candy down, I got to enjoy my stash for a lot longer!
If candy is too much of a temptation or just not a choice you’re making for your family, another option is swapping candy for something else. Some families will have their children trade in candy for a toy or another fun activity like a movie, so that your child doesn’t feel deprived.
4. Think beyond candy:
For many people candy is a focal point for Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be. If your child is old enough, host a Halloween party for all their friends. Hold a costume contest with non-candy prizes, host a scary movie film festival, or create a homemade haunted house. The opportunities are endless and none of them need to involve candy.
But, at the end of the day, Halloween — and being a kid for that matter — is all about having fun and being “one of the gang.” And with an insulin pump, frequent blood gluocse monitoring, careful planning and help from Mom & Dad, your little one is likely to have a blast on Halloween.
Trick or treat!
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