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When Your Child Is Diagnosed with DIABETES: PARENTS’ QUESTIONS for the Health Care Team

Parents of children with diabetes often have concerns about the disease, its impact on their family, and how to keep their children safe and healthy. Use these questions to talk with your child’s health care team and learn about your child’s diabetes care needs… at diagnosis and later on as well. The links provided below each question have background information about the topic in question to help you prepare for your child’s health care team visit.

What are the different types of diabetes?

  • Which type of diabetes does our child have?
  • Will it ever go away?
  • Will my child with type 1 diabetes always have to take insulin?

Diabetes in Teens

What kind of diabetes do you have?

How Are Children Especially Affected by Diabetes?

Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

The Facts About Diabetes

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What are my child’s treatment goals?

  • How can we help our child meet these goals?
  • How often will our child need to visit you each year?

Living with Diabetes: For Parents and Kids

Parents’ Place

Make a Plan

Diabetes in Teens (See the tip sheets in English and Spanish about being active, staying at a healthy weight, making healthy food choices, and dealing with the ups and downs of diabetes.)

Who should be part of my child’s health care team and what role does each team member play in the care of my child?

  • How do we contact them?
  • What are their hours?

Your Health Care Team

Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Website (See Find a Physician, Diabetes Educator, Dietitian, or Education Program and Visits to an Adult Care Physician)

Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (See Visiting the Health Care Team)

How is Diabetes Managed?

How can we work together as a family to help our child?

  • How can we help our child check blood glucose, take insulin or other medication, eat healthy foods, be more active, and learn about diabetes?
  • Who can help us work together as a family?

Help a Loved One with Diabetes

Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (See Helping Children and Adolescents Manage Diabetes)

Diabetes HealthSense (Select ‘Child’ or ‘Teen and young adult’ from the ‘Age’ drop-down menu)

Diabetes in Teens

What emotional issues might our child and family face?

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  • Will diabetes affect the way our child behaves?
  • When do we start letting our child manage his/her own diabetes care?
  • Who can help us cope with these issues?

Tips for Teens with type 2 Diabetes: Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Diabetes

Consejos para jóvenes con diabetes: la diabetes y tus sentimientos (Tips for Teens with Diabetes: Diabetes and Your Feelings)

Learn about age-related issues and diabetes

Learn about reactions to being diagnosed with diabetes

Help Planning Your Transition  (Click on Emotional Health)

Should we tell friends and family about our child’s diabetes?

Living with Diabetes: Telling Others

Who can help us if we don’t have medical insurance?

Financial Help for Diabetes Care: State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

Insure Kids Now! A national initiative to linking families to low-cost insurance programs

Health Insurance for Uninsured Children

Medicaid’s Children’s Health Insurance Program

Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Website (See Health Insurance)

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What resources are there to help our child in school?

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Helping Your Child Manage Diabetes at School

Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Website (See Type 1 Diabetes in College and Diabetes Education and Self-Care)

What does this mean for other members of our family?

  • Does it mean our other children will get diabetes too?
  • What about other family members?

Family Health History and Diabetes

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Family

Tips for Kids: How to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Consejos para jóvenes: disminuye tu riesgo de desarrollar la diabetes tipo 2 (Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes)

What is Diabetes? (See What Treatments Exist for Type 1 Diabetes?)

Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (See Predicting Type 1 Diabetes)

What research is going on?

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports a wide range of research aimed at finding ways to prevent and treat diabetes and its health complications. Several large national and international studies are under way through NIDDK and other groups.

DirecNet —The Diabetes Research in Children Network—involves a number of clinical centers working to determine the potential use of glucose monitoring technology and its impact on the management of type 1 diabetes in children.

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is promoting research to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study will help us learn how many youth have type 1 and type 2 diabetes,  identify the medical problems that arise in children with diabetes, improve the health care children receive, and understand how diabetes shapes their daily lives.

TEDDY: Consortiums to identify The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young is an international effort to identify infectious agents, dietary factors, or other environmental factors that trigger type 1 diabetes in genetically susceptible individuals.

The TODAY study is following a large group of children with type 2 diabetes to find the best ways to care for type 2 diabetes in children and teens.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet is a group of studies looking at ways to prevent type 1 diabetes or to maintain the “honeymoon phase” by treating type 1 diabetes early. To find out if you can join, visit the TrialNet website or call 1-800-HALT-DM1 (1-800-425-8361).

A lot of other research is going on. To find studies in your area, talk to your health care team, visit NIDDK’s Clinical Trials, Guidelines, and Research Reports webpage, and check the resources listed below.

Honeymoon phase
Honeymoon phase: temporary remission of hyperglycemia that occurs in some people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, when some insulin secretion resumes for a short time-for example, a few months-before stopping again.

Additional Resources for Parents and Children

National Diabetes Education Program or call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) or call 1-800-223-1138

American Diabetes Association (ADA) or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

Children with Diabetes

Joslin Diabetes Center (JDC) or call 1-800-JOSLIN (1-800-567-5461)

Weight Control Information Network (WIN) or call 1-877-946-4627
A program to provide up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) or call 1-866-35-WECAN (1-866-359-3226)

A national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and communities a way to help children stay at a healthy weight.

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