Here are some tips to help your little sweetheart enjoy this special day while keeping negative consequences away:
- Start a new tradition. Go on a fun outing together or give your child a Valentine-shaped coupon to redeem for a favorite activity.
- Look for low-carb versions of Valentine’s Day goodies, which will have less impact on your child’s blood sugar levels. Find a healthy substitution with a sweet treat recipe that’s diabetes-friendly.
- Instead of candy, send your child to parties with heart-themed stickers, pencils, erasers and other small items.
- If your child receives candy at a party, allow her to enjoy some as a treat but be sure to count the carbs and adjust your child’s meal plan and insulin, if necessary.
- Save some of the candy in a low-blood-sugar stash just for your child or help him learn to pay-it-forward by sharing with favorite family and friends.
- Trade large candy bars for fun-sized treats. Just be sure to check the labels and buy lower-sugar brands.
- Buy or trade your child’s candy for non-edible treats or gifts, such as books, small toys or even cash.
- Be aware of your child’s blood glucose levels often to account for changes in daily activities and diet.
- Talk to your child’s teacher to see if candy is allowed at school parties and make sure the school knows how to handle the situation.
- Talk to your child about what to do when sweets are offered at school and be sure she knows how to get help.
For more information about diabetes, visit akronchildrens.org/diabetes.