Sugar babies: Little Ways to Help the Diabetic Children in Your Life

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Childhood should be full of many things. It should encompass laughter, sweet summers, endless play, and zero stress. However, that’s not what its full of for at least 200,000 youth living in the U.S. For them it’s full of needle sticks, finger pricks, highs, lows, stares and tears. Diabetes hurts. It hurts physically and emotionally to a point that only another diabetic could begin to understand. So, what can we do to make things a little better for the sugar babies in our lives?

  1. Try not to focus on the things they “cannot” have. Especially since they can have everything once they learn how different food affect their bodies. Focus on what they can have. Many stores sell sugar-free candy, sugar free juices, and ice cream even.
  2. Consider insulin pumps and glucose monitors. These tools will give children the freedom to think less about their diabetes. Insulin pumps will allow them to deliver the proper dosage to themselves with the push of a button. Glucose monitors will alert you and them when their blood sugar is too high or too low.
  3. Attend diabetes walks/bikes/runs. This will allow them the opportunity to meet other kids just like them. It will also allow you the opportunity to meet other parents who will understand what you are going through.
  4. Invest in a cool and not so obvious medical alert bracelet. I personally love http://www.Laurenshope.com. This will allow people to act accordingly if ever there was an emergency.
  5. Let them connect with older adults who have had the disease for many years. This will allow they to see that they will grow up and grow old.
  6. Give the school extra supplies as well as written instructions on how to care for your child if needed.
  7. If you have a daughter/sister/niece/cousin/friend buy her the über adorable american girl doll who is a type 1 and comes with all diabetic supplies! I’m….lets just say older and I want the doll myself!
  8. Let them prick you. Yup, you heard me. Understand their pain. Give them at least one opportunity to check your blood sugar. When I became a diabetic my younger brother allowed me to check his sugar weekly.

Let them cry. Cry with them even. Dealing with a chronic illness is difficult. Will these tips solve the problem or make diabetes less real? No. But every little bit counts.

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  1. Ashley Lavoie says:

    I love this! My son was dx at 6m and these suggestions will be great to keep in mind as he grows up. His two older siblings are super supportive and I’m sure will help him in any way they can growing up. We also love the diabetic clothing and accessories such as the ones at touch1diabetic.com and they can spark creativity for kids and make them feel better when/if they wear insulin pumps or CGMs 🙂 not affiliated with that site, I just loved the experience I had when I purchased from her. Feel free to checkout and contribute to my blog if you get a chance!! 🙂

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    1. I will definitely subscribe to your blog!

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