Children & Special Occasions

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Having diabetes shouldn’t keep a child from having fun during special occasions. Just a little planning as well as a question or two allows kids with diabetes to participate in just about everything.

On special occasions, including sporting events, pizza days at school or birthday parties, contact the organizer to find out what food will probably be served and when, and what physical actions are planned. Meals or snacks can be split as needed to permit your child to eat with all the other kids. Your diabetes teacher can provide you some good thoughts about the best way to manage this.

You may need to change those that involve food, although for parties and holidays, it’s important to keep as many traditions as you possibly can. Consider creating new conventions that set the focus on activity and enjoyment, not food.

Halloween

  • Highlight the non-food-related facets of Halloween, for example decoration and costume preparation.
  • After trick-or-treating, sort through your child’s sack of loot, allowing her to set aside the candies she loves best. Ration out these to ensure she appreciates them in the ideal times – after supper for dessert, for example, or after her lunch.
  • Remember there aren’t options that are great or poor in regards to candies. A g of carbohydrate, whether it comes from a lollipop or a chocolate bar, affects blood glucose levels in the same way.
  • Leftover treats could be traded with brothers or sisters, given to less fortunate children, or ‘sold parents ’ in exchange for non-food-related treats, such as for example book or a brand new toy.
  • Consider tucking one or two of your child’s least-favourite sweets in his schoolbag to take care of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels). Don’t give a candy he genuinely likes for this, since he can find it hard to resist and won’t conserve it to get a low to a child.

Christmas

  • Moderation and balance will be the keys to your wholesome holiday. Make sure to incorporate interesting activities that are physical, like skating, tobogganing or a winter walk.
  • Spread treats, over the holiday season, for example gingerbread and candy canes instead of offering them all at once.
  • Make sure nutritious snacks are almost always accessible.
  • Have Santa things stockings with non-food things, such as hair clips, stickers, colouring books, movie tickets, etc.

    Support your child to become involved in physical actions. Getting involved in activities will help a young child to make friends, feel good, and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
    Task may have a direct effect on a child’s blood glucose levels, particularly if she actually is taking insulin, so she is going to have to possess her blood glucose examined before, during and following actions. Eat another bite to stop low blood glucose or she might have to correct her insulin dose. Speak with your healthcare provider for guidance.
    Make sure your child always has a fast-acting carbohydrate, such as six LifeSavers® or a juice box available.
    Be aware that blood glucose levels can drop long following the task is completed. Check your kid’s blood glucose levels to see if he needs an additional bedtime snack if he has been quite lively throughout the day.

    No matter the occasion, children with diabetes must be encouraged to be involved. By determining the details in advance, your child and you is going to prepare yourself to participate and have fun.