Alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters

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Alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters For kids who can’t have sugar or certain ingredients like nuts or dyes, they can get healthier treats. Check out this story on 13WMAZ. com: http://on. wmaz. com/1Mh92NC

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When kids trick-or-treat, it usually means something sweet.

But for kids with diabetes or food allergies it might


mean other types of goodies.

“We do fruit snacks, pretzels, or cheese balls for an alternative,” said Christina Starling, the lead Pre-K teacher at Northside Prep.

She says for students who can’t have sugar or certain ingredients like nuts or dyes, they’ll get healthier treats.

“It’s just an extra treat, so if it’s something they don’t eat day-to-day, then it’s a special treat for them,” she said.

Dr. Jamie Davis, a pediatrician at the Medical Center Navicent Health, says non-food items are a great alternative, like stickers, tattoos, glow bracelets, and glow necklaces.

Davis says parents should contact their child’s diabetes specialist for advice on alternative treats, but she says staying away from large amounts of sugar is key.

If your child has allergies, you should read ingredient labels carefully.

But Davis says it doesn’t hurt to check the candy, even if your child has no diet restrictions.

“You wanna go through that candy and make sure that there’s no signs of anything being tampered with,” she said, “If packages are open and in any way looks suspicious to you to throw that candy out and not let your child eat it.”

Parents of children with food allergies should be on the look out for teal pumpkins this Saturday.

The Food Allergy Research and Education Group started the project.

They’re suggesting that people paint a pumpkin teal and place it on their doorstep.

That signals their house has treats other than candy.