Raising a child with Type 1 diabetes

If you have a little one who is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, there are some important tips you should keep in mind.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is a blood glucose disease that prevents the body from using glucose for energy.1 This lifelong, and sometimes chronic, disease can be difficult for both parents and children to deal with. However, there are a number of books that have been published on the matter, and you can likely find a support group in your area.

For the parent
Jean Betschart Roemer, a diabetes educator, wrote "Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes," which was published by the American Diabetes Association. In the text, Roemer provides a number of fundamental tips to parents, according to Diabetes Forecast magazine.2 The book urges parents to remain involved in their children's diabetes care, even once they are able to manage the condition independently. Roemer also points out that it's important for parents to be forgiving of themselves and remain positive when discussing diabetes with their children.

Another important factor when raising a child with diabetes is keeping the proper supplies on hand. This is one point that is highlighted in the book "Kids First Diabetes Second: Tips for Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes," written by Leighann Calentine, a well-known author who is also the mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetic supplies can be purchased by health care professionals and individuals from Medex Supply, an online medical supply store.

1 National Institutes of Health, "Type 1 diabetes" June 18, 2013
2 Diabetes Forecast, "Tips on raising a child with diabetes" April 2011

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