Stephen H. LaFranchi MD


Diabetes: High or Low Blood Sugar in Young Children

Young children with type 1 diabetes aren’t able to recognize when their blood sugar level is high or low and then tell an adult. And sometimes it’s even hard for a parent to tell the difference. Some signs that may indicate high or low blood sugar in a very young child include: Irritability, anger, or crying. Paleness…

Diabetes in Children: Special Camps

Camps for children who have diabetes provide an opportunity for the child to meet and share experiences with other children who have the disease. These camps support the child in assuming responsibility for his or her disease and gaining independence in diabetes care. It’s also a fun outdoor experience that may include…

Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Caring for Your Child

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that currently has no cure. Your child needs to take insulin injections. This can be a scary process for adults, not to mention for a child. If your child is very young, you will need to give these injections. When your child is older, he or she can take on some of the…

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…

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…