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Special considerations need to be made when a child has diabetes. Learn what parents and family members need to know about caring for the special needs of children and teens with type 1 diabetes.

Helping Your Child Succeed in School
You assume and hope that your child's school personnel will know how to respond to your child's diabetes-related needs. Instead of leaving it to chance, read this excellent guide by the National Diabetes Education Program that is designed to educated school personnel about children with diabetes. Then, give it to your child's school.

Teens and Diabetes - Helping Your Teen Manage Their Blood Sugar Without Drama
Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is difficult at any age. It is especially difficult for teenagers and their parents. But there are sound ways to navigate diabetes in the teen years that give proper attention to diabetes management and help keep your relationship with your teen intact. Here are three ways that may help achieve that balance.

How to Talk with Your Child about Diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of your conversation between parent and child will be about diabetes. But it doesn't have to be a tug-of-war most of the time. Learn how you can talk with your child about their health and diabetes without turning it into a conflict.

How Diabetes Affects Siblings
When one child has diabetes it is like the entire family is living with diabetes. But with some deliberate steps to address the needs of all the children and open honest conversation about diabetes, siblings can adjust well. Learn tips on how to manage the responses of siblings to the changing family dynamic of living with diabetes.

Using Rewards to Motivate Your Teen with Diabetes
It's not uncommon for parents use rewards to motivate their teen to take responsibility for their diabetes management. But does it accomplish any real long-term change? There are good and bad types of rewards for reinforcing health diabetes management skills in your teen. Find out what they are.

Create an Optimum Challenge for Your Teen with Diabetes
Motivating your teen to care for his or her diabetes can be a challenging task for everyone involved. The key is to work with your teen in a way that is to work together with your teen to keep the parent/child relationship intact.

Building Intrinsic Motivation for Teens with Diabetes
It would be great if your teen was as motivated to manage his or her diabetes as they are to be with their friends. But that is not likely. It is possible though to help your teen to be motivated to practice responsible diabetes self-care. The key is to nurture intrinsic motivation.

Teens With Diabetes – Ways to Help Your Teen With Diabetes
Parenting a teen with diabetes is not an easy task. It can be as or even more challenging for parents than for the teen living with diabetes. It's pretty easy to figure out what doesn't work well, such as nagging, criticizing, micromanaging and threats. But what have you found that does work with your teen to foster more ownership of diabetes...

How Self-Beliefs Affect Diabetes Management
What you think about yourself has a huge effect on how you manage your diabetes. Your perception of your ability is a greater predictor of your behavior than your actual ability or knowledge. Find out how you can develop healthy self-beliefs that will help you better manage your diabetes.

Supporting Loved Ones with Diabetes
People living with diabetes need ongoing encouragement and support, especially when this person is a member of your family. But it isn't always clear how to best support or encourage that family member. Here are some sound tips for supporting your loved one in a way that will make them feel cared for and motivate them to continue practicing good...

Five Basics of Diabetes Management for Kids With Type 1
Learning the basic skills required to effectively manage type 1 diabetes in your child is no small challenge. But with a clear understanding of the task ahead, it can be done well and consistently. Learn the five most basic skills for effective management in this article.

Managing Caregiver Burnout When a Child has Diabetes
When a child has diabetes, it can be seem like an all-consuming, never-ending string of tasks that gradually take over your entire life. When you begin to feel this way, you are either close to or in what is commonly called caregiver burnout. The good news is that caregiver burnout is not inevitable. And, emerging from burnout is very doable if...

Modeling Lifestyle Behaviors for Your Child with Diabetes
The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in a child can turn a parent’s world inside-out. Immediately following the diagnosis there is much to learn: how to do blood checks, insulin injections, measure food and a host of other tasks related to diabetes care. The goal in learning all of this is to meet our child’s ongoing health needs and eventually...

Transferring Control of Diabetes Management to Your Teen
Every parent of a child with type 1 diabetes knows that a day will come when that child must take complete control over their diabetes management. This can be a scary thought for some parents. They see their teen more interested in the latest fashion and music than they are about possible future health problems from out-of-control blood sugars....

Family Transitions to Living with Type 1 Diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, it is not just that one person who has to adjust to living with diabetes but the entire family. The transition to a lifestyle of being attentive to and managing blood sugar can be especially challenging for many families. But, with mutual cooperation and open communication it is possible to make this...

Managing the Diagnosis of Your Child with Type 1 Diabetes
>To learn that your child has type 1 diabetes can be quite a shock. The first response many parents have is bewilderment. How did my child get diabetes, you might ask? Other questions follow. What does this mean for my child’s future? How is this going to change our family? Am I going to be able to adequately care for my child’s needs? Here are...

Marriage Concerns While Caring for a Child with Diabetes
Having a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be hard on a marriage, especially one that was fragile before the diagnosis. The presence of a chronic condition puts additional stress on a couple that can at times seem more than they can handle. Here are four ways you can stay connected to your spouse while you responsibly manage your child’s...

Benefits of a Diabetes Support Group
Increasing numbers of people are turning to diabetes support groups, both locally and online, to find others that can relate with the difficulties of living with diabetes. Here are just five of the many benefits you might derive from being in a diabetes support group.

Teen Driving and Type 1 Diabetes
When your teen is learning to drive and has type 1 diabetes it requires good communication between parent and child and some planning ahead. When both of these are in place most parents can be confident that their teen will be prepared to handle any diabetes-related situation that might potentially impair their ability to drive safely. Here is...

Teen Driving and Type 1 Diabetes - Planning for Teen Driving and Type 1 Diabetes
Most parents who have teens with type 1 and who are also of driving age tend to worry a lot about safety issues. Will our child use good judgment when it comes to checking their blood, treating low blood sugar symptoms, driving responsibly, contacting us if there is a problem, etc.? What are you most concerned about and what are your greatest...

What Are Your Insulin Delivery Preferences
Most people with type 1 begin taking insulin using a syringe and then later switch to insulin pens or an insulin pump. Some stick with the syringe because that is what they are familiar with or prefer. What have you tried, would like to try or would never try again as it relates to getting your daily insulin?

Helping Your Child to Live Well With Diabetes
As a parent of a child or teen with type 1 diabetes, it's one thing to learn the physical tasks associated with diabetes management but quite another to manage the emotional and social aspects that inevitably need attending to. The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation has a good introduction to some of these important issues and how you can begin to approach them.

Fear of Needles - Coping With Fear of Needles
Needle phobia is more common than you might think for people with type 1 diabetes. This is an especially difficult problem for children with type 1 and their parents. Do you are your child experience needle phobia? What methods have you used to make fear of needles less of an obstacle to getting the daily insulin that is needed?

The Members of Your Child’s Diabetes Healthcare Team
You should not try to manage your child's diabetes alone. Fortunately, we live in a time when there are many specially trained diabetes professionals who can help us. Learn who these team members are and how you can use them to your advantage.

Types of Insulin
There are many types of insulin that serve different purposes for people with diabetes. The type of insulin your doctor will prescribe depends on your particular needs. Learn what each type of insulin does, how long it takes to work and how long it continues to lower your blood sugar.

Diabetes Discrimination at School - Experiencing Diabetes Discrimination at...
Diabetes discrimination at school is more common than you might think. It could put your child with diabetes at risk poor management of blood sugar or worse.

Prescription Assistance Programs – Helping With the Cost of Diabetes ...
Prescription Assistance Programs may be able to help pay for diabetes-related supplies, such as glucose meters, test strips, insulin or other medications. Learn more and gain access to a list of companies that provide prescription assistance programs for diabetes supplies.

Fear of Needles – Helping a Child with Type 1 Diabetes Overcome Needle Fear
Fear of needles would be a concern to any parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. You know that blood sugar checks and insulin shots are not negotiable. So, how do you cope with your child's fear and also practice ongoing management. Learn five sound tips to help with these fears.

Fear of Needles - Devices to Help Children with Type 1 Cope with Needle Fears
Fear of needles for children with type 1 diabetes is serious business. But there are devices specifically designed to help children and teens who are fearful of needles. Find out what they are and how they might be able to help your child.

Coping With a Child's Low Blood Sugar Reaction - How Parent's Cope Wi…
Coping with a Child's Low Blood Sugar Reaction. If you are the parent of a child with diabetes, you know the anxiety and panic that goes along with sudden low blood sugar reactions. So much attention is focused on preventing these and getting your child's glucose balanced. But, what about you, the parent. How do these reactions affect you both...

Managing Teen Depression and Diabetes - Tips on Managing Teen Depress…
Adolescence can be a difficult time for both parent and child. Add diabetes to the mix and it can at times seem overwhelming. Depression often makes diabetes more difficult for teens to manage than it needs to be. As a parent, what strategies or treatments have you tried and recommend to help combat depressive symptoms that are common among...

Identifying Teen Depression - Ways to Identify Teen Depression
Teens go through many changes both physically and emotionally as they grow. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish the difference between the normal hormonal fluctuations of adolescence and real depression. You know your child better than anyone. What specific behaviors have you noticed in your teen that cause you to suspect or confirm the...

Depression in Teens with Diabetes
Treating depression in teens with diabetes follows a similar path as that applied to adults. But there are some special considerations. Learn the best treatment approaches for teens struggling with both depression and diabetes.

Depression and Diabetes Assessment for Teens
Sometimes it is difficult to accurately assess whether your teen is experiencing depression or the common fluctuating moods that go with hormonal changes in adolescence. Here is a brief questionnaire that can help you make that call.

Treating Depression in Teens with Diabetes
When a teen has diabetes he or she is two to three times more likely to experience depression than adolescents who do not have diabetes. Learn what the primary symptoms are and how you can get your teen the help they need.

Diabetes Discrimination at School – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Diabetes discrimination at school is more common than you might think. There are certain laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that can help parents prevent discrimination against their child and themselves on the job.

Preventing Diabetes Discrimination - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Preventing Diabetes Discrimination at School should be a priority for parents. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination due to disability, including type 1 diabetes.

Disability Laws and Type 1 Diabetes
There are federal laws that protect your child from discrimination as it relates to type 1 diabetes. Though some people might not consider diabetes to be a “disability” in the same category as someone with a spinal cord injury who has lost use of their legs, the same laws apply to both.

Preventing Diabetes Discrimination - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Preventing diabetes discrimination at school or day care is something every parent of a child with type 1 diabetes should be involved in. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 makes discrimination against a child with disabilities illegal if that public or private school or day care receives federal funds. Though section 504 does not...

Diabetes School Plan
To ensure that your child gets appropriate diabetes medical care at school, you’ll need two important documents. First, you’ll need a Section 504 Plan, which should state specifically what is expected of each school staff member who interacts with your child.The second document that is needed is called a diabetes management plan which specifies...

Diabetes School Plan - The Importance of Having a Diabetes School Plan
Having a diabetes school plan ensures that your child gets appropriate medical care at school. To do this, you'll need two important documents. The first is a Section 504 Plan, which should specifically state what is expected of each school staff member who interacts with your child. The other is a diabetes management plan, which specifies the...

Disability Laws and Type 1 Diabetes - How Disability Laws Protect You…
Fortunately, disability laws protect children with type 1 diabetes from discrimination in the classroom and in day care. It is illegal to discriminate against someone because of a disability. Though some people might not consider diabetes to be a “disability” in the same category as someone with a spinal cord injury, diabetes, the same laws apply.

Forums for Parents of Children With Type 1
Sometimes just knowing others are facing the same challenges you are can be great encouragement. Children with Diabetes offers a number of parent forums to ask questions, learn about diabetes and find support.

Diabetes Camps - Why Your Child May Thrive at a Diabetes Camp
Diabetes camps are in many ways similar to the hundreds of other camps that will be hosting kids of all ages this summer. There are hikes, water activities, campfires, games, and all the other activities that make the camping experience unique. The one noticeable difference: every camper has diabetes. Learn why a diabetes camp might be right for...

Diabetes Camps - A Place for Fun and Learning
Diabetes camps are in many ways similar to the hundreds of other camps that will be hosting kids of all ages this summer. There are hikes, water activities, campfires, games, and all the other activities that make the camping experience unique. The one noticeable difference: every camper has diabetes. Learn why a diabetes camp might be right for...

Diabulimia: A New Eating Disorder for Teen Girls with Diabetes
Diabulimia describes a deliberate attempt to lose weight by withholding or restricting insulin. This practice can lead to serious short- and- long-term health problems. Learn what it is about, how to spot the symptoms and how to treat it.

Managing Type 1 When Your Child is Sick
Everyone has an occasional sick day. But when you have diabetes, sick days are anything but routine. Learn the precautions to take when your child is sick to keep his or her blood glucose under control.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs for Teens With Type 1
Believe it or not, alcohol, tobacco and drugs affect your diabetes. Each substance affects your health and your blood sugar in ways that you should know about. Learn more in this brief but informative article from the American Diabetes Association.

Eating Out and Party Planning With Type 1
Eating out and birthday parties don't have to be a an obstacle to good glucose management for your child if you plan ahead. This article from the American Diabetes Association can help you learn how.

Eating Disorders in Teens with Type 1
Because diabetes management revolves around the nuances of developing a meal plan that helps control glucose it is sometimes taken to extremes by teens and young adults who develop eating disorders. Here, the warning signs and what parents can do.

Newly Diagnosed Children With Type 1: Kids Forum
Newly diagnosed kids with type 1 often need to know that they are not alone in living with diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation offers a place for children with type 1 to learn about diabetes, ask questions and talk to one another.

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