Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Caring for Your Child - Topic Overview
As children with type 1 diabetes grow, encourage them to take more
control over their treatment. As a parent, you may want to be there every time
your child gets an insulin injection. But it's important that you let your
child develop independence.
There are many summer camps for children who have diabetes.
Such settings can help children learn about their disease and about how to
manage it. Also, the camp setting introduces them to other children who have type 1 diabetes. If
you arm your child with the proper knowledge, it not only empowers him or her
to take responsibility for self-care but also provides a greater understanding
of the disease and why it's important to treat it.
Support for you
Remember that your family is not alone in dealing
with your child's diabetes. Your diabetes team coordinator can direct you to
local support groups as well as many resources on the Internet and
publications from organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. In
addition to providing emotional support, these groups can also direct you to
information you need to overcome whatever hurdles arise in your child's
experience with diabetes.