How to Help Your Kids with Diabetes Manage Their Condition

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Teach Your Child How to Test Blood Glucose LevelsCreate management goals together with your child

Your child may not know how to handle diabetes just yet, but that’s a great opportunity to help him or her out. By talking about the subject, you can both get a better understanding of how to manage various aspects of the condition.

As you consult with your child’s doctor to discover what should be done in your child’s specific case, let your child be a part of the discussion. They deserve to know about their diagnosis, have a chance to ask all of their questions, explore their fears, and feel empowered as much as possible.

  1. Teach your child how to test blood glucose levels

Once your child has good enough hand-eye coordination (normally between the ages of  7 and 10), let him prick his finger for the blood test. He has to be doing this for the next 50 or 60 years of his life, so he needs to be able to carry it out properly.

  1. Buy your groceries together

This is a great opportunity to show your child how to choose healthy and unhealthy foods. The earlier you start the better since he’ll be choosing foods at school soon. Teach your child about the best foods for his condition, and about the ones to avoid.

  1. Start your own garden

Even a small space can be transformed into a place for growing healthy fruits or vegetables. If you don’t have space, why not try going to a farm to pick fruit? Your child will learn the responsibility of looking after his seeds and plants. Plus, they’ll be more excited to eat fruits and vegetables when they have a hand in growing them.

  1. Cook together

Food is such a central part of diabetic management that it pays to be able to know how to prepare and cook healthy food. Start with simple tasks like washing or scrubbing dishes, then move on to more complex things like mixing or measuring ingredients.

  1. Do exercise as a family

Exercise is another key component of management and the earlier you get your child interested, the more likely he or she will maintain the good habit of looking after their body. It will do you good too! It can also help you bond and grow closer to your child.

  1. Teach your child to administer insulin

As soon as you think your child is capable of understanding the math behind it, start teaching him the basics of calculating doses for insulin, later teaching him to use the syringe (or whichever delivery method) correctly.

  1. Organize a trip and plan it together

This is a good time to show your child how to be better aware of his needs as a diabetic when traveling. Preparing insulin, food, and testing apparatus is important. It’s also important to prepare him for security measures at airports when carrying insulin equipment.