Diabetes

Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urinationincreased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.

Diabetes in Children: Counting Carbs

Teaches counting carbs to help you and your child plan meals to manage diabetes and control blood sugar. Explains why carb counting is important. Includes links to more info on counting carbs if you use insulin and on type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes in Children: Food Issues at School

New challenges emerge when your child with diabetes begins school. Starting a good communication system with key people at the school can help make this transition a smooth one. It’s helpful to schedule a conference with school personnel—principal, teachers, coaches, bus driver, school nurse, and lunchroom workers—after…

Diabetes in Children: Giving Insulin Shots to a Child

If your child doesn’t want to feel the insulin needle, your child’s doctor can prescribe an indwelling subcutaneous cannula. A small needle is used to insert a soft tube into a place where you give your child an insulin shot, such as the belly. The needle is taken out, but the soft tube (cannula) stays in your child’s…

Diabetes in Children: Preparing a Care Plan for School

A diabetes care plan will help your child’s teachers and other school staff know when and how to manage your child’s diabetes. For example, if your child needs to eat shortly after taking insulin or to have a snack in class, then a teacher or other adult can make sure that this happens. At the same time, the teacher…