If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, learn how to manage the diagnosis with tips and resources that will help your child continue to live a normal, happy and healthy life.
Having a child diagnosed with diabetes can be very overwhelming, scary, intimidating and challenging. However, you are not alone. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, there are approximately 3 million Americans living with diabetes and 15 percent of them are children or adolescents. Whether you’re scared or uncertain, here is what’s happening:
Your child’s pancreas is no longer producing insulin and he or she must provide it to their body to regulate blood sugar either through an injection or a pump. This must be done properly to avoid long term damage such as kidney failure. However, diabetes is manageable and there are numerous support organizations and educational resources available to help you and your family manage the diagnosis. Immediately following the diagnosis, use these steps to help you and your child adjust to a new lifestyle.
- Get an education. You and your child should fully understand what diabetes is. Meet the members of your child’s diabetes care team and start to learn how to manage the diagnosis. This is called diabetes education. This team of professionals normally includes a doctor, nurse, dietitian and a social worker, who will explain to you specific items and processes that will be important for you to know in order to help your child manage his or her condition. It includes how to accurately measure blood glucose/sugar levels, inject insulin, and how to plan meals. It’s important to work closely with this team.
- Make decisions. Once you have a solid understanding of the daily changes your child needs to make in order to adjust, you will now have to make a few decisions for your child including choosing between an insulin pump or insulin injections. Your child’s healthcare team may think an insulin pump is a good choice, given a pump allows you to easily adjust insulin intake right away. This is particularly important for children managing diabetes because it allows for spontaneity such as snacks or skipping meals. This flexibility also means your child can get more exercise, which helps his or her body respond better to insulin and blood sugar control.
- Find support. It’s important to know that there is ongoing support available through organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. The ADA provides information to help children and their families adjust to life with diabetes. You may also find it helpful to connect with other parents who have a child with diabetes.
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