diabetes in children is a part of treatment plan for diabetes. Diabetic
children can lead a normal healthy and enjoyful life. Monitoring the blood
glucose levels regularly helps in diabetes management. Read on to get more tips
on management of diabetes.
The first reaction of a parent when they come to
know that their child
is suffering from diabetes is usually getting overwhelmed and frightened.
They fear that they need to be aware of a whole lot of things and that life may
not be normal ever again. It is understandable that these reactions are natural
but after all they also need to realise that they have got an added responsibility
and they need to make the most of it and live life to the fullest.
What is more, it is also their duty to ensure that
their kid gets a healthy and joyful life. Once the fact is accepted, you need
to learn a few tips of diabetes
management. This will not only make life easier for you but also help your
child reap the benefits in his later life.
by Understanding the Insulin Schedule
Diabetes occurs because the kid’s system is no
longer able to produce adequate amount of insulin that is required. Therefore
he requires replacement at regular intervals and this provided through insulin
injections or pumps. The doctor charts out a schedule that you need to strictly
adhere to. It is like:
Give your child the prescribed fixed dose of
intermediate and rapid acting insulin. Here you must also ensure that the kid
is having his meal exactly when the insulin is at its peak action stage. The
same time must be maintained everyday and you must make sure that the diet
is also according to the diet plan. That is, it should comprise of the desired
proportions proteins, carbohydrates and the essential fats.
If the doctor has suggested insulin pump, it means
that you must ensure that the kid has a complementary rapid action insulin dose
that is in accordance with the carbohydrate content of his respective
Test the Blood Glucose Levels
The blood glucose levels must be checked regularly
before the kid has his meal and at bedtime. If the child has hypoglycemia, you
need to adhere to the schedule chart suggested by the doctor. It is important
to maintain a log book of the meals and blood glucose results. This helps in
the management of the child’s diabetes as the fluctuations levels if any, can
be noted and sorted out by the doctor.
How to Deal with Blood Sugar Dip
When the child is suffering from juvenile or type 1
diabetes, his blood sugar levels might plummet all of a sudden. This is known
as hypoglycemia. You can read the signs if the child is complaining of a headache,
double vision, dizziness and you notice irritability, trembling or shakiness
and lack of coordination between his limbs. When the blood glucose levels drop
below 70 there can also be convulsions and the child can become unconscious.
Here you would require your child to drink a
concentrated amount of sugar to restore the balance. In such cases doctors can
suggest a couple of teaspoons of honey,
or a few pieces of candy, half-can of regular soda or two glucose tablets. The
point is to have a quick sugar source at your disposal to meet emergency
It is very important that you seek the advice of an
expert diabetes educator to understand the ideal diet for your diabetic child.
In order to effectively maintain his glucose levels, the diet needs to be
balanced so that fluctuations do not occur often. Further, you must also ensure
that the developmental requirements of essential nutrients are provided to the
Regular physical activity plays a great role in
maintaining the glucose levels of a diabetic patient. Therefore encourage the
kid to exercise regularly and try to make the session as enjoyable as possible
so that kid does not feel any grudge but does it willingly.
Importance to Regular Workouts