Type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents is a disease that is becoming more widespread and, unfortunately, still too little known. If diagnoses are late, to the point that diabetes is discovered sometimes when children are close to coma, it is not by chance. As parents, you are not aware of the symptoms of this disease unless someone around you is diabetic too; the same for some doctors and other school or extracurricular professionals who supervise your child. It is not uncommon to see parents going to the doctor for the symptoms of diabetes and leave without having it verified and identified! Health professionals are in demand for training in so-called civilization diseases, which I hope will develop in the coming years. This point is very important to me because it allows you to remember that you could not know that your child has diabetes and cannot anticipate it.
When type 1 diabetes settles in your home, you cannot avoid it; we must learn to live with diabetes. That said, if the circumstances of the discovery were different, it would allow you to “welcome” it differently and perhaps a little better than to discover it in a crisis where the stress is at its maximum.
So why am I talking to you about the painful moment of diagnosis? Well because in addition to the shock of the disease, the conditions in which it was discovered, you are more shocked, which will have a very strong impact on how you recover from this trauma. Each person is unique, you will need time to get used to. I can develop this point in another article, the main thing today is to help you find your new benchmarks in this change of life to live better with diabetes.
Very often, the diagnosis is made in the hospital environment, which means that you have several interlocutors, that you do not know, and do not all tell you the same thing. You receive a lot of information, sometimes different, which can be very confusing so how to navigate?
In this difficult time, it is important to know that what you are going through during your hospital stay will not be your everyday life at home. While diabetes will always be there, with all the constraints it represents except that you will learn to master it, even if for the moment it may seem insurmountable.
Learning how to manage diabetes will take time, but you will get there, step by step, for the well-being and health of your child. You will see that children adapt much faster than us.
When you leave the hospital, you will have received the basics and the information necessary for your daily routine. Once out, you will begin to set up, step by step, the new universe of your child.
If you have not read it, you can complete the reading of this article with this one:
There are four tips to remember in the first place:
Tip #1: Follow the tips given to you by the hospital staff..
You are new to the field so it’s hard to judge whether the advice is ideal for your child or not. I am thinking of the diets for which the bases are communicated but everyone being different, we do not react all in the same way. Over the days, weeks, months, you will find out for yourself what is best for your child and you can do your own analysis and adapt.
Tip #2: You’re starting your “training” about diabetes, check the information you are given about diabetes as much as possible.
You will read and hear a lot of things, so it is necessary to sort out and specially to check the reliability of the source of this information and to remember everything that seems most right.
You will find reliable information on the website of:
Tip #3: Build a relationship of trust with those around you in diabetes care
Build a relationship of trust with those around you in diabetes care, if you do not feel comfortable, change your entourage! Yes, we are here in a human relationship before any medical relationship. With diabetes, this is a regular follow-up, monthly meetings that must be comfortable for you so that you can ask all the questions you need. Do not hesitate to express yourself during these meetings.
Tip #4: Share your experience with other parents of children with diabetes, those who live this situation recently but also those who have gained experience over the years, and enjoy theirs!
You will find them through social networks for those who are comfortable with the internet (Facebook group for example). For those who prefer, you can contact the ADA (referenced in Tip # 2) to find the Local Association closest to you. Families affected by diabetes help each other, or at least listen to each other, and that can help.
Do not forget to take notes, you will learn a lot from diabetics, young and old!
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