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It is important for you to have an active role in your child's diabetes care. The following information explains what you need to know to manage your child's diabetes at home.
Having diabetes can put your child at risk for other long-term (chronic) conditions. These include thyroid disease, celiac disease, high cholesterol, heart disease, and kidney disease. These problems can get worse if you do not keep your child's blood glucose within the target range.
Eating and drinking
What your child eats and drinks affects his or her blood glucose and insulin dosage. Helping your child make good choices helps to control your child's diabetes and prevent other health problems. A healthy meal plan includes eating lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats.
Your child should always have a 15-gram rapid-acting carbohydrate snack available to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Care for your child's body
These symptoms may be an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get help right away. Call 911.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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