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Your child has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. You're home from the hospital. You can barely remember what you were told in the hospital. You had to learn to measure and inject insulin and monitor blood glucose levels. Someone mentioned glucagon, but you're not sure what that is. And there was something about measuring food. It's overwhelming. Somehow, you found time to go online and you managed to get to Children with Diabetes.

When I meet newly diagnosed parents, I tell them the same thing: it's going to be OK. Yes, the tasks of diabetes care may seem overwhelming at first. You may be very afraid for your child's immediate health and long term future. You might even remember an aunt or uncle who had diabetes when you were young. I assure you, the outlook for kids with diabetes today is exceptionally good.

If I can offer any advice at all it would be to relax, even knowing how hard, if not impossible, that is to do. You and your child will quickly learn the routine of diabetes care. You will master insulin dosing and injecting, you'll learn what blood glucose values mean, you'll gain confidence that you can do it -- and believe me, you can.

I urge you to explore the CWD Forums to meet other parents. By all means, introduce yourself. We've all been there. For me it was September 1989, a very long time ago. And if you like email, the CWD Parents List will connect you with over 750 other families who will help you as your baby steps become leaps.

I also highly recommend CWD's conferences. I promise you a life changing experience.

-- Jeff Hitchcock
Founder, Children with Diabetes

For More Information

  1. Care Suggestions summarizes the current best practices in caring for kids with type 1 diabetes
  2. The ADA has released its Clinical Practice Recommendations for 2006. Included are:
    1. Diabetes Care in the School and Day Care Setting. Also available in PDF format.
    2. Diabetes Care at Diabetes Camps. Also available in PDF format.
    3. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes–2006. Also available in PDF format.
  3. AACE Diabetes Guidelines for 2007
  4. Advice for Parents of Children with Diabetes is from the Healing Handbook for Persons with Diabetes.

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Last Updated: Tuesday October 02, 2007 18:21:14
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