When you first find out that your child has diabetes, you may be overwhelmed with feelings of shock, disbelief, sadness, anger or even guilt. You will have to learn about diabetes and the more you learn about diabetes, the better prepared you will be to talk about it to your diabetic child and their caregivers.
There are a few things that everyone who cares for a loved one with diabetes should consider.
1. Help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep track of their blood sugar levels, food and physical activity.
2. Do your best to prevent short-term problems such as high or low blood sugar
Managing their diabetes well over time may help avoid long-term health problems. It is simple! As a caregiver:
1. Choose to eat healthier.
2. Enjoy the same food as your child
3. join in your child’s physical activities.
4. Check or help check your child’s blood sugar – especially if they cannot or do not like to self check!