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Smart Halloween and diabetes safety tips

Halloween is an exciting, frantic and exhausting night. While your kids are shrieking, "This is the best night of my entire life!" here are a few ways to help them have a safe trick-or-treat.

Costume check

Can your child see clearly and move freely? Look for nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask, and try to stay away from their eyes. Sturdy shoes that cover their feet completely can help when going up and down stairs, to avoid foot injuries. If your child wears a medical alert bracelet, leave it on tonight. Health beats fashion, even on Halloween.

Use the buddy system

If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without adults tagging along, stick to the buddy system, and make sure your child's buddy knows that they have diabetes. Give the buddy your phone number, just in case.

Check blood sugar

Have dinner before trick-or-treating, so your child won't feel like they need to dig into the candy bag when they get hungry. Before, during and after trick-or-treating, run a quick blood glucose check. Running wild in the streets while eating candy with their friends can mean unpredictable numbers.

Common-sense tips

  • Stay out of dark alleys and parking lots
  • Avoid taking short cuts through yards
  • Stick to houses where the lights are on
  • Stay out of unfamiliar houses and cars
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick, and use reflective tape on the candy bag

Speaking of candy…

Don't forget to count carbs for any candy eaten while trick-or-treating. Diabetes Forecast has a handy guide to carbs in common candies to make it easy. Keep healthy treats at home, so kids don't always run for the candy bowl when they want something sweet. Encourage them to trade some candy in for a toy or cash, and save some for treating future run-ins with low blood sugar.

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