Caring For a Child With Type 1 Diabetes

It can be very difficult to raise a child with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is much different than type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is something that is not reversible. Your child will have to be taught special ways to take care of himself or herself. Type 1 diabetes will be something your child has for life, barring a medical breakthrough.

As your child gets older, he will be able to communicate better. In the younger years, it may be up to you to try to figure out when your child is hypoglycemic. You will have to keep an eye on various other complications of diabetes as well. Regardless of age, your child with type 1 diabetes must always have his blood glucose levels under control.

As your child gets older, you’ll want to pay special attention to his eating habits. Your child’s body and mind need just the right balance of the right types of foods. When your child is growing quickly, his blood glucose balance may change as the body utilize glucose in different manners. Your child will need to eat plenty of food during this period, but only healthy food. Eating the proper foods will help the body not to get too many quick bursts of glucose to throw the blood glucose levels out of balance.

As your child starts developing some independence and personal responsibility, it an get difficult to keep an eye on his treatments and dietary habits. Your child will naturally want to have a sense of control over life and to mingle more with normal children who don’t have all of the special needs of a type 1 diabetic and have no understanding of those needs or the associated dangers of type 1 diabetes.

Your child may, of course, want to take control of his treatment program. But in most cases this should not happen until your child has shown to be very reliable and responsible. For most children who want control, they just are consistent enough in their responsibility levels to make the right choices repeatedly, particularly during social occasions with ‘normal’ children.

When your child is at school, your child doesn’t want to stand out as being abnormal. Most children with diabetes are hesitant to let any of the other students know about their condition or to discuss the condition and do treatments in view of others. This is when your child is most likely to lapse in judgment and think to skip treatment or eat unhealthy foods.