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Getting Expert Help for Your Diabetic Child

Jun 4, 2008
If you have a child that has received a diagnoses of diabetes, you may be tempted to give in to fear. It can be an overwhelming revelation to a parent. You may also be tempted to succumb to guilt. After all, if you had done something differently, this may never have happened. But you need to keep the perspective that we can't always know what actions will have what results.

From what little we know, the greatest contribution you may have made to your child's diabetes, if your child has type 1 diabetes, is your set of genes. In other words, your child has diabetes because your child is your child. So you need to get beyond your guilt and fear for the sake of your child. You must be strong to make sure your child gets the best treatment each day.

Finding Diabetic Care Sponsors

As if life wasn't busy enough, now you also face daily treatments for your child. You must make sure your child eats only the best foods and takes all of his or her shots. Some people turn to diabetic care sponsors for the assistance they need. Diabetic care sponsors are those people who can help you get through each day, making sure you know how to care for your child's needs.

The Primary Diabetic Care Sponsors Pool

1. Pediatricians: Pediatricians are experts in taking care of the medical needs of children. They are also experts in teaching parents how to take care of the medical needs of children. A pediatrician can teach you how to give insulin shots. A pediatrician can also teach you how to understand and test blood glucose levels in a diabetic child.

2. Dietitians: Dietitians know how to give our bodies the nutrients they needs. A dietitian specializing in diabetes knows exactly how blood glucose levels react in the long- and short-term to specific foods. Your child's dietitian can lay out an eating plan for your child to follow for the rest of your child's life.

More importantly, your child's dietitian can teach you how to distinguish between good food choices and bad food choices for your child. The dietitian should work with the pediatrician to balance your child's diet with your child's insulin doses.

3. Health Scientist
A health scientist specialized in diabetes will know all about how the body of a diabetic reacts to things such as food and exercise. They tend to be the most up-to-date individuals in research done on diabetes. They can help you get your child on the most balanced lifestyle possible to provide the best health possible. In the long-term the health scientist specializing in diabetes is your child's best chance for a normal, long life.

4. Mental Health Specialist: This is someone in the field of psychology or psychiatry who can help you deal with the stresses involved in caring for a diabetic child, so that you'll be there for your child when he/she needs you. You should never feel ashamed if you are finding it hard to cope.

There can be a lot of anguish and stress involved in raising a child with diabetes and sometimes we need help to cope with the added pressures and constant fears that a parent of a diabetic child has to face each day.
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