Type 2 Diabetes in Children: How Can the Pediatrician Reinforce Diabetes Management?
When a child has type 2 diabetes, every visit (even just routine check-ups) can be an opportunity to check in on how they're doing with their diabetes. However, as the experts in this video roundtable emphasize, it's also important to check in on social issues.
For example, Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (a Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Chicago Medical Center) and Thomas DeStefani, MD (a pediatrician) talk about how sometimes, a patient may not be compliant with their diabetes management because they're being bullied at school.
As you take the time to figure out what's going on behind their non-compliance, you'll be better able to teach them about why taking good care of themselves is so imporant.
W. Patrick Zeller, MD (a pediatric endocrinologist) is also on the expert panel, and he discusses how it's useful to have patients monitor their numbers with a log book. This helps not only you see how they're doing, but it also helps them take ownership of their diabetes care.
This panel is moderated by Steven M. Armbrust, MD, a family practice physician.