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November 28, 1999

Behavior

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My son has had diabetes for two years. In the last couple of months his behavior has become more uncontrollable. You can ask him to stop. It's like he can't help himself. He know he will be punished for what he has done but he can't help himself. In the last couple of weeks, he has had more high readings. We have spoken to the doctor. We will probably have to change the dosage around some. Is this normal for a child to have this kind of behavior? My son is 9 years old. We found out when he was 7 years old.

Answer:

It is not unusual for diabetes control to become more difficult after an initial period. Part of the problem may be the end of the honeymoon period. However, consider the problems your child might have coming to terms with his diabetes. Has he accepted it, or is he now realising that he is not exactly the same as his friends and is maybe finding it more difficult to accept he has diabetes.

Certainly getting the insulin regimen right is important but being able to support him trying to coming to terms with lifestyle changes is also important. Perhaps a chat with him about how he feels about his diabetes might be quite helpful for all the family.

JS