Diabetes Symptoms

Our goal is to help with the care and treatment of diabetes including diagnosing the symptoms

Blood sugar levels
Blood Sugar

Finding Baby Sitters

Caring for a child with chronic illness takes a big emotional and physical toll on parents, and you, too, need an occasional break from it all. It's true that caregivers, especially for small children with diabetes, can be difficult to find. Some adults feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a child (think about how you felt when your child was first diagnosed). Others worry about legal liability should something go wrong under their care. Fear is a big factor in many people's unwillingness to baby sit children with diabetes, and this is often the easiest obstacle to overcome. If you have relatives nearby, they are a natural choice for baby sitting duties. If not, tap friends and neighbors for potential candidates. You need someone responsible, caring, and cool headed the same qualities you would look for in a baby sitter if your child didn't have diabetes. When you make first contact, explain up front that your child does have diabetes and has some special needs. Then invite your potential sitter over for an afternoon (or even several afternoons) to interact and watch your child with you around as backup, to see what caring for your child really entails. Often the sitter will find that the reality is not even close to what his imagination had cooked up. When you leave your child with a sitter, always leave a list of emergency contact numbers , along; with detailed instructions on your child's diabetes care. If you have an extra copy of your child's IEP around, photocopying it for sitters is a good idea since it contains all essential treatment information.

Kids Being Kids

Children with diabetes who live in rural areas often are the only child in their school or possibly even their community who has to deal with the special issues related to living with this disease. Even children in more populated areas can sometimes feel alone and isolated, as can their parents.

What About Diabetes Camp?

Diabetes camp can be a great adventure for children teaching them management skills that will last a lifetime and, equally as important, giving them the chance to spend a few weeks with peers who share their concerns and experiences. There are diabetes camp programs across the United States; Appendix A lists some resources for finding a camp near you. Most are, of course, summer programs, and many of the counselors at these camps also have diabetes and can relate to your children as a mentor and a diabetes peer and/or role model. In addition to all the typical summer camp activities like swimming, canoeing, and crafts, your child will learn more about her or his diabetes and how to care for it. Finally, you can have a care giving respite with the peace of mind that your child is someplace where you know his or her diabetes will be well taken care of.