Bringing Up a Diabetic Child
Discovering your child is diabetic can be a traumatic period for any family, especially if you do not have the condition yourself. You need to equip yourself promptly for the challenges and experiences of bringing up your child and, as always, knowledge is the key.
Diabetes will change family life, not just placing an extra financial burden on your household but complicating any social or psychological worries you may already have. With complete control never attainable as the disease develops, worsens and improves throughout their life the stress of bringing up your child, coupled with the every day management of your home can be a daunting task.
Never be afraid to speak openly about your concerns. Whether with health care professionals, friends or school authorities the care and health of your child is paramount. You will face any number of problems as the years pass and building up a strong and educated support network is crucial.
It is perfectly normal for you and any other children you have who are not diabetic to feel a range of emotions including sadness, guilt, anger, frustration and embarrassment, and these feelings will continue throughout your child’s development into adulthood. Nowhere are these feelings as important as in school life, when your child is away from you, often with a group of other infants with no understanding of diabetes.
Make sure your teachers and staff are fully aware of your child’s condition, it will make you much happier knowing he or she can rely on the support of other adults when they are not with you. You don’t want your child to be treated any differently from classmates, so contact the school before classes commence and communicate your wishes.
Most states have School Health Plans, designed specifically for children with existing medical conditions. Make sure your child’s school has one and go through it with a senior member of staff. School life is vital for the healthy development of any child and yours should be no different.