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how can i help my child live a normal life with type i diabetes?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Love: Treat them as normal kids with unique needs. Find them a caring competent pediatrician and endocrinologist. Listen, assess, let them know your limits, let them figure out answers on their own for the most part, but always with appropriate limitations. Don't spoil them or let them develop an attitude of feeling entitled. Sound like good advice for any parent? It is.
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
27 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
Attending a diabetes summer camp can also be very helpful for adjusting in kids with diabetes. They have fun and meet lots of peers. Check with the a American diabetes association for one near you.
Mar 3, 2013
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
20 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
Being supportive: With support, affection and avoiding punitive measures as much as possible. Empowering the child (with supervision) when age appropriate on how to check bs and give Insulin also helps. And remember, highs and lows will happen regardless of how savvy we are in counting carbs so the best approach is always to provide encouragement and to remind him/her that better days are to come and that's it's ok.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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