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Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: A Reassuring Guide

Jean Betschart, C.R.N.P., C.D.E.

The support you need to manage your little one’s diabetes. With your child’s diagnosis of diabetes, you may be feeling grief, sadness, or fear. Everything you need to learn to take care of your child’s diabetes, in addition to normal parenting issues, can seem overwhelming. You might even worry that you may do something wrong and harm your child. This reassuring guide will help you find a balance between good diabetes management and normal life. It explains how diabetes impacts your child’s growth and development, and gives you plenty of ideas for dealing with routine diabetes care. The first book of its kind, Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers provides tips on: Fitting diabetes demands into real-life schedules Making injections easier Preventing, detecting, and treating hypoglycemia Dealing with food issues Monitoring blood glucose Working with your child’s day care or preschool Meeting the physical, mental, and emotional needs of your child Explaining diabetes to brothers and sistersThis unique guide also includes experiences and advice from other parents of children with diabetes and amusing Family Circus cartoons.

Few experiences are as traumatic for parents of children with diabetes as their child’s diagnosis. Parents of infants and toddlers face more challenges than parents with older kids with diabetes because very young children cannot verbalize their feelings. Moms and dads find themselves thinking, “Is my child just cranky, or is she having an insulin reaction?” They may struggle with finding daycare and babysitters who understand diabetes and will properly care for their child. And they find that the relationship with their spouse and their other children suffers. Jean Betschart offers guidance on all these issues in the first book specifically written about diabetes in very young children. If your child has been recently diagnosed, or you have a friend or relative with a newly diagnosed young child, this book can help.

Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1999. US$14.95. ISBN 0471346764.1999

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