The daily care for your child with
type 1 diabetes can seem overwhelming, leading to
conflicts between you and your child. Here are some tips that may help:
Make mealtimes less stressful
Mealtimes can become
a battleground when you want your child to get a certain amount of
carbohydrate. You can:
- Meet regularly with a
registered dietitian. A registered dietitian can help
set up a flexible meal plan to meet your child's appetite needs and allow for
special events, such as parties and school activities. Some
tips for mealtimes with young children include having alternative meal
- Use rapid-acting insulin so you can give the insulin dose after
a meal based on what your child ate.
- Count carbohydrate.
- Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin
Make giving insulin less difficult
Your child may
take several insulin injections each day or use an
insulin pump. If you need help with giving the shots,
- Diabetes in Children: Giving Insulin Shots to a Child.
Keep monitoring reasonable
If you test several
times a day (before breakfast, with meals, and at bedtime), you can tell how
well your child's blood sugar levels stay within a target range. You need to
test more often when your child is sick. Follow the
sick-day guidelines that you and your child's doctor
set up, or call for help. Do not give your child nonprescription medicines
without talking with the doctor.
- Diabetes in Children: Checking Blood Sugar in a Child
that teens and children (starting at age 6) do moderate to vigorous activity at
least 1 hour every day.1 And 3 or more days a week,
what they choose to do should:
- Make them breathe harder and make the heart beat much
- Make their muscles stronger. For example, they could play on
playground equipment, play tug-of-war, lift weights, or use resistance
- Make their bones stronger. For example, they could run, do
hopscotch, jump rope, or play basketball or tennis.
It’s okay for them to be active in smaller blocks of time
that add up to 1 hour or more each day.
Children with type 1
diabetes can participate in sports just like children without diabetes. But
children who use insulin are at risk for low blood sugars during and after
tips for exercising safely for your child with type 1 diabetes can help
prevent low blood sugar levels.
If your child has a tendency to be
inactive, you may need to:
- Limit his or her time playing video games, watching TV, or
using the computer. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to limit
TV time to 2 hours a day or less.
- Plan some activities to do along with your child, such as
skating or bicycling.
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