Dealing with a child with diabetes

What would you do if your child brings home a friend with type 1 diabetes?

School’s back in full swing, homework is a nightly chore, and best of all, your son or daughter has made new friends. But what would you do if one day they brought home a friend with type-1 diabetes?


Around 25,000 children across the UK have diabetes. Those with hereditary type-1 diabetes do not only have strict diet restrictions, but they also have to inject themselves with insulin daily and regularly test their blood sugar levels in order to effectively manage their condition.


According to a new report, the majority of British parents would worry if they had to look after a child with type-1 diabetes. However despite this concern there is a perceivable lack of understanding on the condition with many unable to distinguish between type-1 and type-2 diabetes. Three in five parents have no idea that type-1 diabetics control their condition by injecting insulin (59%), while over half believe in the myth that type-1 diabetics cannot eat or drink any sugar (51%).


When it comes to identifying potential symptoms, only a sixth (18%) would be concerned that the child might suffer a drop in blood sugar levels and faint. The survey for Bayer Diabetes Care revealed only half of parents would be able to recognise key warning signs such as slurred speech or paleness of skin (49% and 51%).


“With incidence of type-1 diabetes increasing year on year, it is vital that the public are better educated and more aware of this serious autoimmune condition.  Type 1 diabetes is a chronic and life-threatening condition, but with the correct support there is no reason that anyone living with the condition shouldn’t lead full, healthy lives” said Karen Addington, Chief Executive of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


For parents who have children with type-1 diabetes, one of the biggest challenges is trying instil the habit of regular blood glucose testing. When it comes to establishing daily routines for children, the majority of parents agree that one of the most successful ways is to make things ‘fun’ (57%). With this in mind, a new product has been developed to help kids with diabetes monitor their blood-sugar levels in a fun and engaging way.


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