Showing Your Diabetic Child That Not Having Candies Isn’t the End of the World

 

If your child has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, your own world probably feels like it has come to an end.  And in a way, it has.  Things have changed forever and in the beginning it can seem especially overwhelming.  However, we want to reassure you and your diabetic child that your world hasn’t reached its end, nor will there never be candy again.  Here is what you need to know about managing sweet temptations for your child and this is coming from personal experience as a parent who also has a child with diabetes.

 

The Diabetic Diet

And Why We Should All Be Eating This Way

Without going into all the scientific details about how the pancreas works, you likely realize by now how incredibly efficient a healthy pancreas works to constantly monitor and keep the sugar in our blood at reasonable levels.  And as is the case in many areas of life, when something works that efficiently, we tend to take it for granted.  Those of us with a healthy, functioning pancreas are no different.  We eat whatever we want in whatever size of portion we want with little regard for healthy nutrition versus just junk nutrition.

But suddenly you may be forced into the world of diabetes as a parent of a diagnosed child and you realize what a negative impact too much sugar has on all of us.  So, the first thing to realize is that while the dietary changes may be initially overwhelming, the diabetic diet is a more conscientious, healthier way of eating that we should all be doing!  If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, look at this particular change with gratefulness as your whole family will undoubtedly benefit from the new way of eating!

Diabetic Child

 

Sugar: A Necessary Nutrient

Natural Sugars vs. Processed Sugars

Now, the next thing that you need to realize is that sugar is absolutely necessary to a healthy, functioning body with the brain creating the greatest demand.  So, just because your child was diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean that all sugar is henceforth evil or that you can avoid the struggle with diabetes by eliminating all sugar.  However, some sugars are obviously healthier and more nutritious than others.  Sugars from fruit and milk and vegetables are preferred over sugars that come from commercial cereals, cookies or candies.

 

Myth: Diabetic Kids Can’t Have Candy

Sweet Treats in Moderation

Little will infuriate the parent of a diabetic child more than to hear the implication that their child can’t enjoy the normal pleasures of being a kid.  Your child can still have candy, but it will usually only be at special occasions and even then the treats will be in much smaller quantities.  Your diabetic child and hopefully all of their siblings as well will soon adjust to the idea that certain sugars are indeed very rare treats, but that they can still enjoy candies from time to time.  Changing how you view and eat sugar takes time, but they are good changes for the whole family.

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How to Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

Halloween

Halloween is synonymous with sugar. The whole idea of trick or treat is really mostly treat so kids always look forward to this holiday.

Here are a few tips to keep your kids – no matter what age – happy and safe halloween as they scour the neighborhood for candy.

Costume Choices are Critical

When choosing a store bought costume make sure it repels fire and if you’re making it at home, ask the sales clerk about whether the material is fire resistant. This goes for material, wigs and masks.

One of the scariest things that can happen to a smaller child is that the mask she is wearing obscures her vision. Opt for a mask with large eye and mouth holes or, better yet, use a hypoallergenic face paint instead.

Light colors are easier for drivers to spot on dark streets and slapping some reflective tape on a costume will give you added peace of mind.

For smaller kids, make sure they aren’t wearing high heeled shoes that could be a trip hazard. And any props like wands should be short and flexible.

Safety First

Kids under 12 should have a chaperone or go in a group with an adult. Older tweens and teens should have a curfew.

If your kids plan to go trick or treating with a group, ask who she will be with and what the planned route is. And reinforce that she should call you from time to time just to check in and let you know she’s okay. If possible, suggest that the group go up a well-lit street on one side and down the other side to avoid crisscrossing the street.

Talk about what might happen if she is invited inside the home of people she doesn’t know and give her a way to back away from a situation like that easily.

 

Check the Loot Before They Eat It

Sift through the booty before doling some out to your kids. Not only will this give you a chance to see what’s there, you can pick through the pieces you like too.

Toss any candy with a torn or loose wrapper. Unless you know that your neighbor made the toffee apples, dump anything that isn’t wrapped.

If you think your child will scarf down candy on the go, try filling him up with pasta or pizza before he heads out the door.

You might talk with your kid about giving some of her Halloween candy to kids who are home bound or hospitalized and can’t go trick or treating.

Stress Free Visitors

For your home, make sure to use battery powered candles or, if you want to light a carved pumpkin, a votive candle is safest.

Make sure to pick up any rugs that could cause a trick or treater to trip and light up your porch and walkway for good access.

Carving Up Ol’ Jack

Pumpkin carving is a great activity with your kids but must be supervised. Let littler kids scoop out the innards with their hands. Pick up any flesh and seeds that fall to the floor and remember to save the seeds for roasting.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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