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Caring for a Child with Diabetes
By Michelle Reynolds
Children with diabetes are the same
as any other children in the need for attention,
guidance, and love, but they have special needs when it
comes to controlling their diabetes. Diabetes comes in
two forms with children almost always diagnosed with
Type 1, known as insulin-dependent, requiring regular
injections of insulin to regulate the sugar in the
blood. There are three things that must be regulated in
order to control diabetes. They are monitoring your
childís food and exercise, and supplying insulin in the
appropriate dosage. There are a few methods that can
control diabetes such as food, exercise, and insulin.
Symptoms of diabetes include hypoglycemia (low blood
sugar), hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and
ketoacidosis, which is often considered a diabetic
emergency. Treatments may differ, but with the right
regimen, a parentís care for a diabetic child is
rewarding and no different from other children.
The Needs of Diabetic Children
Children are allowed to eat the same healthy, nutritious
foods as other children, but secondary caregivers such
as teachers, babysitters, and relatives should be
knowledgeable of the childís dietary needs.
Eating Habits Throughout the Day
Most children need snacks and fruits throughout the day
at various times in order to balance out the blood sugar
and to maintain its normal level.
Diabetic children can be as active as any other child.
But, because the childís blood sugar can decrease during
exercise, a snack such as a banana or orange may be
needed to maintain normal blood sugar level.