Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease (cont.)
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The daily care for your child with type 1 diabetes can seem overwhelming, leading to conflicts between you and your child. Here are some tips that may help:
Make mealtimes less stressful
Mealtimes can become a battleground when you want your child to get a certain amount of carbohydrate. You can:
Make giving insulin less difficult
Your child may take several insulin injections each day or use an insulin pump. If you need help with giving the shots, see:
Keep monitoring reasonable
If you test several times a day (before breakfast, with meals, and at bedtime), you can tell how well your child's blood sugar levels stay within a target range. You need to test more often when your child is sick. Follow the sick-day guidelines that you and your child's doctor set up, or call for help. Do not give your child nonprescription medicines without talking with the doctor.
Encourage physical activity
Experts recommend that teens and children (starting at age 6) do moderate to vigorous activity at least 1 hour every day.1 And 3 or more days a week, what they choose to do should:
It's okay for them to be active in smaller blocks of time that add up to 1 hour or more each day.
Children with type 1 diabetes can participate in sports just like children without diabetes. But children who use insulin are at risk for low blood sugars during and after exercise. Some tips for exercising safely for your child with type 1 diabetes can help prevent low blood sugar levels.
If your child has a tendency to be inactive, you may need to:
Catch the ups and downs
Because blood sugar levels can drop to dangerous levels very quickly:
High blood sugar levels develop more slowly, over a period of hours or days. For more information, see:
Keep your child healthy and safe
With planning and care, your child can live a safe and healthy life. Here are some suggestions:
Keep your balance
It's difficult to deal with such a demanding disease as diabetes. You can:
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