Responsibilities Come With Child Diabetes The whole family suffers with anxiety when a child is diagnosed with diabetes. Thereafter, a day would include such activities and concerns as glucose tests, insulin injections, meal plans, and blood pressure treatments. The extent of these would depend on the type of child diabetes. Child diabetes can be a wrench to the parents and other family members as well. Missing the signs of diabetes is worse than finding out earlier and taking on the daily responsibilities. Diabetes in really young children is difficult to diagnose. Among those diagnosed type one diabetes is the culprit. Adults should have a good knowledge of the signs and symptoms to be fully aware of the special care and attention that child diabetes demands. Conducting diabetes testing needs preparation. The supplies have to be kept from the child if needles cause fright. The child should be allowed to continue normal day's activities after the test which should be done quickly. Allowing the child to partake of the test, like application of alcohol, gives time to keep the child calm and settle the nerves.
One of the symptoms many children exhibit when developing diabetes is the need to urinate a lot more than normal. It is best to have the child checked by the pediatrician because there can be other reasons for increased urination, though. Drastically losing weight is a dangerous sign. Children normally gain weight rather than lose amounts of weight. Consulting the doctor immediately should be taken, whether this shows the development of child diabetes or not. At mealtime, the child should be given few food choices. Eating can still be a pleasant experience since he won't feel being forced to eat some particular food. The child must be given the benefit of eating healthy food shared by everyone rather than having the food chosen in his behalf.
Having low blood sugar will be experienced by the child from time to time. A change from normal behavior, like irritability or sleepiness, are indications of getting low blood sugar. Drinks such as juice or soda are better than chewables. These sugar sources will not last long, so, it is best to have a meal or snack after the drinks. Doing extra testing before bed at night is a good idea. Providing the child information through a good discussion and teaching is a good preparation when signs of low blood sugar and child diabetes show.
Published on Apr 3, 2010
The whole family suffers with anxiety when a child is diagnosed with diabetes. Thereafter, a day would include such activities and concerns...