When your child has diabetes type 1, her or his body stops releasing insulin that is needed to help your child survive. Thus, living with this disease is not easy. You should know these simple things to help you and your child have a better life.
Stop feeling guilty
It is not your fault. Do not think like “Maybe my child has diabetes because some other people in my family has diabetes”, “Because I fed my child wrong, he gets diabetes”, or “I do not teach my child to protect himself”. Genetics or environment may play a role, but they usually do not lead to your child’s type 1 diabetes. The doctors may not know the child’s living condition. They also may not know exactly what causes your child’s diabetes and how to prevent the disease. Thus, it is normal if you do not know how to protect your child from diabetes.
Tell your child about his or her disease
When your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it is important to tell him or her about the disease so you and your child can fight against diabetes together. The process may be easier. Tell your child that it is not her or his fault to get diabetes. It is a disease and it can come to any person. Your child should know that he or she can continue her or his normal life. He or she will be able to play volleyball, football, basketball, go to school or get a job later in life. Also, tell your child that you and the doctors can help him or her handle the situation. So, do not worry.
Care for your child
Caring for your diabetic child may be more difficult. Check your child’s blood sugar levels regularly, about 10 times a day. You can know your child’s condition. Make sure he or she take the right doses of insulin at the right time. Ask the doctor and take note this information. You can design a healthier diet for your child with more vegetables and fruits, less sugar, sweets or cakes. The amount of food should be counted. Tell your child to do exercises. You can also exercise with your child to encourage and remind him or her. You should also care for your child’s emotions. He or she may feel upset or angry, leading to behavior changes. Your child may feel that he or she is different from other children. You can find a group that involves other diabetic kids and help your child take part in that group. Your child may feel less alone.
If your child is away from you
If your child is away from you, make a plan to care for him or her. Your child should use a bracelet or necklace that helps you know his or her current situation. You will need a caregiver to take care of your child. Make sure the caregiver knows that your child has type 1 diabetes, basic information about diabetes, and how to call you or the doctor if your child has any sudden problem.
Teach your child how to care for her or himself
It is important to teach your child how to take care of her or himself because your child is the person who has type 1 diabetes and the person who knows best about her or himself. Tell your child how to check the blood sugar levels at school. You should also teach your child how to modify meals. He or she should eat more vegetables and less sugar to keep the body weight on a healthy track.
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Review Date: March 6, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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