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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Making Mealtime Happier - Topic Overview

Some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant when your young child has type 1 diabetes:

  • Set up expectations (and consequences) for staying at the table during mealtime.
  • Keep mealtimes positive and enjoyable.
  • Offer a variety of healthy choices to your child.

Avoid:

  • Preparing an alternative meal during or shortly after a meal.
  • Frequently reminding your child to eat (during the meal).
  • Punishing your child for not eating.
  • Giving "sweets" or other foods as rewards.
  • Offering dessert only if another food is finished or the child "cleans" his or her plate.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 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 information.
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