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1- min read 05/11/2021
author Stefanie Van den Broeck
HALLOWEEN IN DIABETES

Living with diabetes can be a bit tricky, right? Until the day we learned that our four-year-old son Cédric had type 1 diabetes, we were not aware of the disease. 3 years ago, we weren't sure if he would be able to do "normal" kid stuff like trick or treating at Halloween. Though he was fearless even at a young age and I knew he could do anything he wanted. So we decided that we would participate in the annual Halloween tradition after all! Here's what I recommend for a great Halloween with diabetes:

EAT A MEAL BEFORE YOU DEPART ON TRICK OR TREAT HALLOWEEN TOUR

To have the best Halloween experience, it's important to keep your child's blood sugars in range before going trick or treating. A balanced meal is important here. Keep in mind that all the walking can lower your child's blood sugar levels. The advantage is that if you do end up standing low during your trick or treating Halloween tour, you can eat your candy right away!

MAKE CLEAR CANDY APPOINTMENTS

Make sure you make clear agreements with your child. Set a set number of treats they can have each day, and match the correct amount of insulin. The candy will raise your child's blood sugar, but the right dose of insulin will bring their blood sugar back within range.

SAVE CANDY FOR HYPOS

I've always loved to store candy to deal with low blood sugar. You're probably getting more candy than you want and need, so save it for times when you're hypo. Want to keep the copious candy out of your house? Then there are alternative options such as taking the candy to your workplace and sharing it with your colleagues, gifting it to others or even saving it for when you have (small) guests over.

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