Caring for Your Child
As a parent, it’s only natural to want to protect your child from diabetes, but you are not alone. Work together with your child’s school and healthcare team to develop a diabetes management plan that meets your child’s individual needs.
Supporting your child starts with educating yourself about diabetes. For simple tips you can use each day, check out our Guide for Parents series, powered by the motivational coaches at Fit4D.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, it’s common to experience a wide range of emotions, from anger, to denial, to a feeling of hopelessness. These feelings are normal and are a part of your child’s ability to cope. If your child feels that they cannot work out the feelings or they get in the way of being able to manage diabetes, it is important to get some help. Many people with diabetes may experience depression, which can be treated so that it does not prevent them from managing their diabetes effectively.
Your Child’s Friends & Family
Friends and family are an important part of your child’s support team. It’s a good idea to have you and other family members attend diabetes-education classes with your child. This will not only give your child a second set of eyes and ears, but your child will have someone to rely on who understands all the aspects of a diabetes management plan.
Your Child’s Healthcare Team
Remember, your child is the most important person on their diabetes care team, but your child is not alone. There are a variety of healthcare professionals who can help your child manage diabetes.
Sources: WebMD ADA