Whether it’s your first or fifth season, celebrating holidays that place a strong emphasis on food can be stressful for those with non-oral eaters in the family.
This holiday season, we’ll be sharing ways you can take the focus away from food for those who can’t eat by mouth. First up, Halloween!
While picking out the perfect costume and transforming your home into a haunted house are priorities on this spooky holiday, trick-or-treating is arguably the biggest focus for little ones and big kids alike. Just because non-oral eaters can’t indulge in the candy they collect—and suffer from the subsequent sugar rush and belly ache—doesn’t mean they have to miss out! Here are five ways to involve your tubie in the tradition…
- Keep an eye out for teal pumpkins: If you aren’t familiar, the Teal Pumpkin Project focuses on raising awareness for food allergies. Houses can signify that non-food treats are available by placing a pumpkin painted teal outside their door. While the focus is on food allergies, the option for a non-food treat is beneficial for many other kiddos, especially those with feeding tubes! Even if you don’t see a teal pumpkin, you can still ask if non-food treats are available. Also, be sure to set an example by having non-food treats available at your house. You may just start a trend in your neighborhood.
- Donate candy to the troops: Organizations like Operation Shoe Box always have a need for candy, especially around the holidays.
- Let your tubie trade in his/her candy for another “prize”: Maybe your little one has their eye on a new toy or book. Let them trade in their candy as a form of payment for that item after Halloween. In turn, you can use the candy for something else, like holiday gifts or to fill a piñata/goodie bags for an upcoming party.
- Use for crafts and decorations: Pick a candy-based craft you and your tubie can do after Halloween. As they collect candy, remind them to select the right kind for the project, if they have a choice. For example, gummies and small chocolates work great for gingerbread houses, while candy wreaths are best when made with hard candies.
- Send care packages to family and friends: Not everyone is running around their neighborhood in a witch hat, asking for candy. Make care packages for those friends and family members who will appreciate the sweet treats!
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