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Safe Halloween Tips

Halloween Safety Tips From The Canadian Red Cross

With October 31st right around the corner, we are excited to share these helpful tips from The Canadian Red Cross! It’s important to be mindful while preparing our children and families for a safe and enjoyable night of trick-or-treating.

  • Costumes should be light-colored and flame resistant, with reflective strips so that children are easily seen at night. (And remember to attach reflective tape to skateboards, bikes, and even brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid from tripping.
  • Remind children to stay away from open fires, fireworks, and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover their eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on the sidewalk – not on the street.
  • Explain to children to stick to one side of the street for trick-or-treating, and then cross over with an adult (at a safe cross-walk) to trick-or-treat on the other. This will prevent running across the street numerous times.
  • Remind children to always look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms!
  • Make sure to bring a flashlight, to see better and to be better seen.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route and share it with family and friends ahead of time.
  • Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of at least 4 or 5. Groups with small children should always have an adult accompany them.
  • Visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Make sure children know to accept treats only at the front door; they must not get into vehicles, or enter the homes of strangers.
  • Avoid eating any candy until your group has arrived safely at home, and an adult can check through it in brighter lighting. Candy with opened packaging should be thrown out. And a reminder that small, hard pieces can be a choking hazard to young children.
  • If there are Block Parents on your street, make sure your children know where they are located.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your Trick or Treating group. Explain the importance to your children of staying within these boundaries and being home on time.

Sourced from: http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/halloween-safety

Navigating Halloween Treats

Navigating Halloween Treats for the Low FODMAPer

Happy Halloween! As you know, Halloween is celebrated with a surplus of candy and spooky celebrations. Many of these popular treats don’t sit right with a SIBO diagnosis. Kate, from A Digestive Peace of Mind, has put together some low FODMAP options for everyone to enjoy! Halloween should be less about the trickery and more about the treats. Below are some suggestions to help guide you through October 31st. Please keep in mind, every body is different. If you know treats will wreak digestive havoc, we encourage you to stick to your SIBO diet. If keeping all the candy at bay isn’t an option, these are simple suggestions to help you pick the less evil options.

A few tips:

  1. Always check the nutrition labels: Look for green lighted (ie low FODMAP ingredients) such as corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, soy lecithin, and confectioner’s glaze. Beware of high FODMAP ingredients such as: lactose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sorbitol, apple juice concentrate, and glycerin.
  2. Enjoy low FODMAP treats in moderation! No one feels great after a candy overload… so limit yourself to a few pieces of fun-size candy or treats at a time.
  3. If you plan on going to a Halloween party, get creative!  Find Halloween-themed recipes that are suitable on a low FODMAP diet.

Types of candy that might work for you and your sensitive tummy. Everyone is different, so enjoy to your personal tolerance.

  1. Dum Dums
  2. Haribo Gold Bears
  3. Jolly Ranchers
  4. Junior Mints
  5. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  6. Marshmallows (made without high fructose corn syrup)
  7. Mounds
  8. Nerds
  9. Peeps (pumpkin, ghosts, you name it)
  10. Swedish Fish
  11. Sweet Tarts
  12. Sour Patch Kids
  13. Smarties

Information sourced from: http://blog.katescarlata.com/2016/10/27/halloween-treats-fodmaper/