At a lot of schools, the Halloween dance is the first dance of the year. For most students, what could be more fun than getting dressed up in costumes and dancing for a few hours in the school gym with their friends, despite the questionable music.
Halloween dances can be risky for kids with certain health concerns. Keep these things in mind an help your child—no matter their age—have a great time at their next school dance.
- Food allergies. Whether there is free food on a table, or a canteen, it might be best for kids with food allergies to bring their own food—especially from a buffet like table where cross contamination may easily occur, especially with all that halloween candy around!
- Epilepsy. Flashing lights might be present at school dances—don’t underestimate a middle- or high-school’s budget too much. Call ahead to find out if strobe lights, or similar epilepsy triggers, will be present, and see what can be done to avoid this trigger.
- Asthma. Perfumes, colognes, and fog machines [LINK] may all have an impact on asthma at halloween dances. Combined with exercise, these things can be difficult to deal with. Students with asthma may want to take their inhalers ahead of time, before the dance, and ensure they keep their inhalers with them.
- Diabetes. Unpredictable food choices, potentially sugary drinks and exercise can all lead to unpredictable blood sugars, no matter how hard party-goers with diabetes try. Check blood sugar levels regularly, and ensure you have glucose to treat low blood sugars on hand—don’t trust that there will be something available—and bring insulin in case you need it.
- Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance. While most drinks should be safe, it’s best to bring snacks from home unless you know what will be available. Know the ingredients of common candy items that might be available, so you are aware if you can have a treat safely without putting yourself at risk.
- Heart disease. Take breaks as you need to, and remember to take it easy if you feel you are getting too tired. It’s better to go and have fun for part of the dance, than to over do it and feel exhausted—or worse—later. Pay attention to your body, you know it best!
No matter your medical condition, wearing a medical ID bracelet or necklace is an important step in making sure if something does happen, you stay safe. And, with a medical identification product from My Identity Doctor, you can simply think about having fun, while taking the precautions you need to, because you know that your important medical information will be communicated… just in case!
For some students, a dance may be unattractive, or simply not a good option. Having a party at home with friends can be a good option to be able to have more control over what will happen and ease anxiety—and, depending on how your kid or teen feels about dances, they may find this a more fun sounding option, too.