It can be worrying and stressful to know that your child has diabetes. With proper management however, your child can still look forward to enjoying a full life ahead.
Among the things you can do to help your child is to be more careful with when and what he or she eats, while monitoring his or her blood glucose levels appropriately. Communicate and work with your child and healthcare professionals towards better, more positive management.
Your child may have a problem articulating his or her emotions so be supportive. He or she may experience mood swings, find it hard to concentrate or feel constantly tired. Consult your healthcare professional should these signs become extreme.
In addition to ensuring that insulin is taken according to your doctor’s recommendations, you will want to help your child monitor his or her health with regular blood tests done at the clinic and at home. A home blood glucose meter will help you know and act accordingly if your child’s glucose levels alter greatly. Testing can also help your child learn how to read his or her body’s reaction to different blood glucose levels. Discuss with your doctor or nurse to find out which is the best meter for your child.
Experts say most people diagnosed with diabetes should try to keep their blood glucose level as close as possible to the level of someone who doesn’t have diabetes. The closer to normal your blood glucose is, the lower your chances are of developing serious health problems.
Your health care team will help you learn how to reach your target blood glucose range. Your main health care providers are your doctor, nurse, diabetes educator, and dietitian.