Having diabetes as a child is difficult. Along with often painful treatment, there is often a sense of deprivation and “not being like the other kids.” A new study has found that children may lose up to an hour a day because of their diabetes.
Diabetic children spend up to an hour a day managing their condition, adversely affecting their attitudes towards treatment, new Australian research shows.
Children Lose An Hour A Day To Diabetes
Being burdened with an illness at a young age is a reality that many children must cope with. A similar study by University of Adelaide researchers tracked 160 children with chronic illnesses over two years to find out how much time it takes to do their daily treatment tasks.The results, published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, show children with cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disease, spend 57-74 minutes a day on treatments like physiotherapy.
Therapies for type one diabetes – including daily glucose testing, insulin injections and dietary changes – took 28-58 minutes out of each child’s day.
Type one diabetes requires careful management of blood sugar levels. Depending on the child’s age, parents must teach their child how to count carbohydrates, give injections, and monitor their blood sugar.
Parents should create a normalized routine to facilitate how the child copes with diabetes. Teach your child tools that can empower them. Having a childhood illness should not carry a stigma. Make sure your child knows this. Most importantly lead by example, and follow a healthy diet yourself so that your child can see that healthy eating leads to healthy living.
These 3 tips are helpful in managing childhood diabetes:
#1 Choose the right health team: Do your research and be sure to ask your pediatrician for advice and recommendations on finding pediatric endocrinologists, child psychologists, nutrition experts, etc. so that you can develop the best health management plan for your child. Make sure to schedule the appropriate yearly visits.
#2 Educate yourself and your child: Learn everything you can about diabetes and explain it to your child in terms that they can understand. Let your child know how important it is to stick to the plan, but don’t let diabetes overwhelm their life.
#3 Be Open with each other: Make sure your child is never hesitant about coming to you for help. Never make them feel guilty if they have high glucose levels, or they might hold back the truth the next time it happens. Always encourage your child to be honest with you.
It is important to develop a routine that leads to a healthy lifestyle. This will help your child prioritize the things that need to get done, and then move on to more important things- such as being a child.