The family is busy as usual with all of the activities that go into keeping people active. Everyone goes to work or to school and then regroups in the evening for dinner and some quality time together. Then suddenly, your world starts to crumble and you have a child that is diagnoses with diabetes. Now, what can you do about this situation?
They say that raising a child today is hard enough in a perfect environment. But, when that child has been diagnosed with diabetes, thing appear to fall apart for everyone in the family. Suddenly this child becomes the focus of your attention as you take care of their special needs and their continued medical appointments.
It is difficult when you have a child that has been diagnoses with diabetes. But, there is good news today that helps make it a bit less intimidating for everyone in the family. There have been advances in medical care and the monitoring of their blood glucose levels is easier than it has been in years.
You know that dealing with a child that is diabetic will be difficult and that the entire family will have to make some changes, but you also know that this condition can be managed. The proper diet, an exercise plan and monitoring of their blood sugar levels will take priority over other things.
In some instances, diabetes can be hereditary and it is important that once one child has been diagnosed as diabetic that everyone in the family be tested. This would include not only your immediate family, but also your brothers and sisters and their children. The earlier medical intervention is started, the better change the patient has of monitoring and controlling their symptoms.
It is not easy being a child that has a disease and one that is usually unnoticed by most people. You can look at a child and know that they have the measles or a rash, but you can not see diabetes.
Being a child with diabetes means educating them on what they can eat, what they should avoid, and to eat at regular times. All of this would be overwhelming for a young child, but if they have not started school yet, you can regulate this for them. But, once they get into school, a different problem might arise. How can they fit and not look or act different from the other children.
You need to let them know what while they have a medical problem that they are basically just the same as everyone else. They only have to think a little more about what they eat and to check their blood sugar if needed. You might even be able to work with the child school for them to visit the nurse’s office to check their sugar levels.
Helping you child deal with their diabetic condition is important. Take the time to show and support them in a positive way. Your actions and their ability to monitor their own health may reap positive benefits in the future.