Patient Guide to Managing Your Child's Type 1 Diabetes
A Resource for Parents
This Patient Guide is designed especially for parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Here, you'll learn about some of the most important aspects of managing your child's condition.
Taking care of a child who has type 1 diabetes can be very difficult because it requires constant attention. You need to make sure your child is eating the right foods at the right times and injecting the right amount of insulin at the right times. Plus, you have to alert the people who spend a lot of time with your child—such as teachers and coaches—to your child's condition. It's a lot of work.
The goal of this Guide is to help you understand type 1 diabetes so you can effectively address the needs of your child. In it, you'll find information on:
- how to manage your child's sick days
- meal planning for type 1 diabetes
- making sure your child's school can help manage your child's diabetes
- treating hypoglycemia
- physical activity and its effect on blood glucose
If you take the time to learn all you can about type 1 diabetes, you'll be better able to respond to the unique needs of your child. We hope this Patients' Guide is a useful resource that helps answer some of your questions about type 1 diabetes management. However, always follow your doctor's specific recommendations.