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Educating your newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes child through HelloType1

Edited: 17.04.2024

Johanah Co

HelloType1 Digital Learning and Development Manager, A4D

1. Living a full life with Type 1 Diabetes

From the point of view of different healthcare workers, we have seen how parents feel when they find out that their child has Type 1 Diabetes. The diagnosis may come as a shock and lead to feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Don't worry, though. Your child can live a full life even though they have this condition if they get the right care, schooling, and support.

Helping people like you who are caring for a child with diabetes is what this article is all about. It will give you useful information and tips on how to deal with issues that come up.

2. The basics of Type 1 Diabetes and the support system

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This leads to a lack of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. As a result, children with Type 1 Diabetes require lifelong insulin therapy to maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Caring for a child with diabetes is not something you are supposed to do alone. It's important to build a strong support system with a group of medical experts. Talk to endocrinologists, psychologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and others, and work closely with them. Also, get together with other people in your area or online to share your stories and get emotional support or information.

3. Educating yourself and the emotional nupport Needed by your child

A lot of parents find that caring for a child with diabetes makes them and their child endure hardships emotionally. A key help is to find out as much as you can about Type 1 Diabetes to help you deal with your child's Type 1 Diabetes better. On www.hellotype1.com, you can find quizzes, posters, movies, and articles that were written and made by professionals who work in the area of diabetes. You and your child with Type 1 Diabetes need to educate and experience how to check glucose levels, give insulin, spot the signs of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, and much more.

Education gives people power. As your child knows more about Type 1 Diabetes in children, he or she will really be able to take an active part in managing their diabetes. If a child with Type 1 Diabetes is willing to open up to his or her parents about how Type 1 Diabetes has affected him or her, that's a good sign that the kid feels safe and secure. Because of this, it is important to make your home a safe place for your child.

4. A management plan and a healthy lifestyle

Developing a comprehensive diabetes management plan is essential to maintaining your child's health and well-being. Together with your healthcare team, make a custom plan that includes how much insulin to take, how to plan your meals, and what to do in case of an emergency. Also, try to get your child to live a healthier life. This will help them deal with their situation better.

Encouraging healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and sound sleep are all important. It is especially important to keep an eye on carbohydrate eating habits because it has a direct effect on blood sugar levels. Make sure they know how important it is to drink water and be aware of the carbohydrates in the foods you are taking in.

5. Managing school life and support from HelloType1 team

Give your child's teachers and school information about Type 1 Diabetes in children and what needs to be done in terms of caring for a child with diabetes. Diabetes care may require school nurses and teachers to be trained in things like making sure that kids with Type 1 Diabetes have access to snacks and tools for monitoring during the school day and coordinating when insulin is given. To make sure the school is a safe and supportive place to learn, encourage students to talk to teachers, nurses, and classmates, in an open way. You might be able to solve other problems by asking questions or sending direct messages in HelloType1 Facebook groups.

Making creative changes at school or in your neighbourhood could have a big effect on society as a whole. No need to worry if you need help getting your first project off the ground; your HelloType1 team friends are here to help. Kindly send us an email or message on the HelloType1 Facebook.

6. Each child's diabetes is different

Taking care of a child with Type 1 Diabetes takes time, understanding, and help. We know how hard this road can be. Each child with diabetes is different, so their care should be tailored to their needs. Your child will be able to handle their Type 1 Diabetes better if they have a supportive team, know what they are doing, and have a positive attitude.

If you feel like the situation is very heavy, you are not alone. Some emotional problems can be processed well with a skilled counsellor or therapist.

Remember, a bright future full of opportunities is possible for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

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