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Doctors Recommend Rationing Halloween Candy

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Your children's Halloween costumes may be going in the closet but there's one thing that's likely to hang around for a while. And that's all that candy they collected last night. Kids love all the extra candy, but doctors say too much at once isn't a good idea, especially if they have diabetes.

They had fun dressing up and they're probably enjoying all the extra sweets in the house. Which means parents are having to come up with creative ways to keep all that extra sugar out of their kids mouths.

"Pretty much eat it all and save them from childhood obesity. No, we just kind of ration it out. It usually lasts, we still have candy from last year," says James Belile.

Doctors say rationing is important because after Halloween is when they start to see more kids coming into the office feeling sick.

"We see over eating leading to indigestion, vomiting and stomach pain, abdominal pain," says
Dr. Parag Kumar.

And overindulging can be even more serious for kids who have diabetes. But Dr. Kumar says even those children don't need to give up their treats.

"If they're going to have some candies, like even more than one on Halloween night, you just want to figure out how much is the sugar in that and how much carbohydrates that translates into and how much more insulin you have to get so you can work it into their meal plan."

He says it can also be a good idea to let the child choose a piece to keep with them in case their blood sugar gets too low.

"When they have low blood sugar they have to take 15 grams of sugar to fix that and that can be had from any of the candies they like. But we have to be careful about the high fat, especially the chocolate types, so those are not good for diabetics."

And of course all the extra sugar isn't good for their teeth, but that doesn't mean the candy needs to go in the trash. Kumar says its all about moderation.

Dr. Kumar says there are alternatives to letting the kids have all the sugar, some parents buy the candy from their kids by letting them turn it in for a new toy or even some extra cash.

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