Your child with
type 1 diabetes will have high and low blood sugar
levels from time to time. You can help avoid many immediate problems and
long-term complications, such as eye, kidney, heart, blood vessel, and nerve
Helping your child develop a healthy attitude toward having
diabetes. As your child grows and develops, let him or her assume appropriate
responsibility for treatment.
Encouraging and supporting your child to keep blood sugar levels
target range. Starting tight control of
blood sugar levels as soon as possible after diagnosis of diabetes gives your
child the greatest chance of avoiding complications from diabetes later on in
Checking your child's blood sugar level several times a day and
whenever you think it may be high or low.
Recognizing and treating high and low blood sugar quickly. Make
sure everyone who cares for your child knows how to treat high and low blood
Discussing the dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using
other drugs. Smoking affects the blood vessels and can lead to diabetes complications. Alcohol and
other drugs can mask symptoms of low blood sugar, which may lead to an
Keeping your child's
immunizations up to date. Diabetes affects the
immune system, increasing the risk of developing a
Keeping your child's doctor aware of behavior changes in your
Emotions and behavior can affect how well you and your
child manage diabetes treatment.
In this article
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this