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Did you know that at Halloween, Americans purchase 598 million pounds, or 1.9 billion dollars worth of candy? For the 25.8 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, that’s a scary statistic. For parents of Type 1 diabetic children, it can be a nightmare.
Halloween is just the beginning of the holiday season, where every party and event is filled with sugary treats, a threat to managing this difficult-to-control disease. Anyone with a chronic condition such as diabetes should wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace. This medical ID will alert teachers, doctors, paramedics, and school nurses of your medical history so that if any emergency arises, no time is wasted in getting appropriate medical care.
N-Style ID believes that medical identification is key to managing your medical condition. If you have diabetes, a medical ID can be life-saving.
Here’s the good news—gone are the days when a medical alert bracelet or necklace is a ‘one-style-fits-all’ piece of medical jewelry. See N-Style’s huge selection and fantastic variety for the perfect pick for you or your loved one. Here are just a few of the fun medical alerts available for men, women, and kids at N-Style ID:
The Brawny Black medical ID band for men
The Red heart charm medical necklace for women
Some fun medical bracelets for kids
Make sure there aren’t any health scares this holiday season. Monitor the amount of sugar you and your kids eat. --For other great suggestions to help keep kids safe at Halloween, visit the JDRF website.-- And, don’t forget—an essential part of any costume is a medical ID. N-Style ID wishes you a happy, and safe, Halloween this year.
N-Style ID makes attractive medical ID jewelry & medical alert jewelry for kids, teens, and adults. Since its founding, N-Style ID’s core vision is to make the lives of all those dealing with conditions that require medical ID's less stressful by providing fun and fashionable medical ID jewelry. www.n-styleid.com
Fun Alternative Easter Basket and Easter Egg Treats for Children with Food Allergies or Diabetes That Wear Medical ID Bracelets
If your child has food allergies or diabetes, we know that putting together Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts requires some creative thinking because your child may not be able to tolerate the traditionally high-sugar and often-times allergy filled treats that accompany Easter time. Many parents opt to find a variety of options besides chocolate and sugar candy to make the Easter holiday fun for their children despite being deprived of the sugary-treats.
With the holiday just around the corner and a large selection of our Children’s medical ID Bracelets on sale, we thought we’d share some fun and affordable alternatives to stuff Easter baskets and eggs.
Precautions for Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies at School, Including Wearing Medical ID Jewelry
Preparing to send a child to school with food allergies is a scary and sometimes overwhelming venture. The goal is to try to control your child’s environment as best as possible. In this article, we summarize key precautionary steps you can take to have influence over the school environment. It’s worth noting, that while reviewing other blogs on the subject, we’re struck that a majority leave out the explicit importance of adding medical ID jewelry to your child’s food allergy safety plan.
Just because your child has a food allergy, it doesn’t mean that your child can’t have a safe and fun-filled Halloween. With advanced planning and some creative thinking, celebrating Halloween with your child can still be a blast.
Reading labels, staying vigilant and being mindful of alternatives to traditional Halloween revelry (and treats!), are critical for a safe and healthy Halloween for children with food allergies.
When it comes to reading labels, at Halloween it can be a challenge because the mini-sized treats don’t usually have the ingredients listed, rather the ingredients are listed in the large bag that the mini-candies come in. Also, with miniature candy, often times the ingredients are slightly off from their larger non-Halloween packaged counter parts.
Knowing that the majority of child food allergies stem from peanuts, milk, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soy and strawberries, have a look at the most popular candy and chocolate on the market. A vast majority of Halloween candy contains one or more of the ingredients that cause children’s food allergies.
Always stay away from any treats that contain the following:
- Chocolates (milk, eggs)
- Candy or chocolate with caramel (contains milk)
- Candy & chocolate with nuts
- Candy bars with cookie centers, like Twix and Kit-Kats (wheat)
- Licorice, Twizzlers and Tootsie Rolls (wheat)
- Any candy or chocolate that contain strawberries
Safe candy actually does exist at Halloween. Look for:
- Dots Life Savers
- Dum Dum Suckers
- Jelly Beans, Mike & Ikes
- Nerd’s and most types of gums
If you’re ultimately not up for the ensuing battle of taking candy away from your child after an evening of trick-or-treating, but don’t want to take the Halloween experience away from your child, many experts suggest that you take the time to deliver non-candy “goodie-bags” to your neighbors so they can give then to your child when she gets to their home.
Items to consider including in the goodie-bags can be simple yet totally enjoyable for your child: glow sticks, temporary tattoos, small toys, puzzles, practical joke toys, stickers etc.
While all the emphasis may be focused on keeping your child safe from dangerous treats, its important to remember that part of keeping them safe at Halloween, is to focus their attention away from the candy-filled side of this holiday. Here are some great “distractions” and alternative fun during the Halloween season:
- Focus the emphasis of the holiday on planning and creating their unique Halloween costumes
- Go all out and involve them in great Halloween decorations for the house
- Design a Halloween themed scavenger hunt -- Your child and their friends can go door-to-door in search of the scavenger hunt items instead of candy
- Throw an over-the-top hunted house party on Halloween night and invite all of your children’s friends over.
- Have your child “run” the hunted house to provide her an exciting responsibility
Regardless of how you end up spending your Halloween, for your own peace of mind always remember to carry antihistamine and epinephrine (be sure to have it at your child’s school too, especially during Halloween), and if your child doesn’t already wear one, a medical ID bracelet is mandatory for proper care in the event of an emergency.