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Managing your child's type 1 diabetes

If your child has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your family will have a fairly steep learning curve as you get used to their new routine.

It is important the child understands that their condition shouldn't limit their activities, but that there are things they need to remember to do, or have done for them, to lead that 'new normal' life.

Your child's paediatric healthcare team is available to help and give advice. Their expertise is key to helping with any issues and the child's understanding of food, medication, testing and some dos and don'ts.

The main change is learning to frequently check and adjust insulin doses as advised based on blood sugar (glucose) levels taken with a meter, test strips and a finger pricking device.

The amount of insulin units given will need to be adjusted based on the timing of meals, the types of food eaten and the child's activity levels.

The child's nursery, school, sports coaches, club leaders and parents of friends they visit will need to be aware of the child's condition, and understand what to do if there's a medical emergency due to their diabetes.

Wearing a medical alert bracelet can help paramedics or hospital emergency departments know what to do if your child becomes ill when you are not there to explain.

Older children and teens can learn to take more control of their diabetes management themselves.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on November 05, 2015

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