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Halloween is one of the children’s favourite festivals. Due to the pandemic, parents have encountered a new problem: how do we protect our children in this ‘pandemic Halloween’? What are we supposed to be doing? How do we keep our kids being safe while they are enjoying their “trick or treat”?

 

5 things to keep trick-or-treat safely

  • Avoid direct contact with others while trick-or-treat.

  • Trick-or-treat outdoors, if possible.

  • Keep social distance with other kids.

  • Wash or sanitize hands more frequent.

  • Wear a mask.

Mask

  • You can make the mask be part of your costume, 

  • A costume mask can not protect you and it is not a substitute for a cloth mask.

  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.

  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing

 

Social distance

  • Wear a mask.

  • Stay 6 feet away from who does not live with you. 

 

Wash your hands more frequent

  • Bring a sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects.

  • Use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Parents should supervise kids using sanitizer

  • Wash your hand with water and soap for at least 20 seconds before eating anything

Other activities you can take

Decorate and carve pumpkin

  • Decorate your home with your family for the Halloween

  • It is always fun to carve the pumpkins, and you can sit outside of your home with friends and neighbours

  • Walk around your neighbourhood and admire their decoration

 

Visit an orchard, forest, or park.

  • Go on an outdoor Halloween themed place for a hunt

  • Visit an orchard or pumpkin patch. Remember to sanitize your hands frequently, after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.

And Other Ideas

  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house. Hold a Halloween treat to hunt with household members.

  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.

  • Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbours or an indoor movie night with your household members.

Can ASD kids eat sugar?

Eating habits are affecting us every day. Some of our habits are healthy and some else are not. The same thing happens to our children as well, and you can help your child to have a better diet.

 

Eating sugar could cause blood sugar imbalance, which affects energy level. Some study shows a link between sugar consumption and ASD.

Even if it does not affect any symptom, limiting sugar intake can also reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay.

 

Other foods needs to be avoid

  • Other simple carbohydrates

  • Caffeine

  • Artificial additives

  • Allergens

What are recommend

  • Protein-rich foods

  • Complex carbohydrates

  • Vitamins and minerals

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

 

Protein is important for our brain, and it plays a key role in intelligence development.

High protein food include: meat and poultry products, fish and shellfish, beans and lentils, eggs, nuts

Complex carbohydrates can help in preventing blood sugar spikes. 

The foods contain complex carbohydrates: fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and pasta, brown rice, beans and lentils

Reference:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325352

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