A New Diagnosis


First, It’s Going To Be Ok. You’ve Come To The Right Place.

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’ve learned 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®.

We know you have many questions. We understand. Children with Diabetes® was born out of our own personal and family experiences. We sat where you are XX years ago when our daughter, Marissa was diagnosed at the age of two and we needed to find answers. A lot has changed and today we know a lot more about care and management.

 

With T1, Live the Life You Want.

At Children with Diabetes,® we offer several ways to help you learn more about how to properly manage your diabetes and empower you to live the life you want— whether that’s as an all-star athlete, race car driver, mountain climber, college student or on-the-go professional– we offer education and support from a community that is here to help.

 

We Get It.

In our 22 years, our team has grown to include leading, world-renowned clinicians, researchers, and hysicians– most who have T1 themselves or are caregivers to T1 patients. When you see the CWD icon, it means that the team member is also a T1.

Some Things to Know and Learn About:

Blood Sugars
Carb Counting
How To Take Insulin
Tools to Help You Manage T1
How Blood Sugars Can Affect Vision
What’s An Endocrinologist?

 

We Offer Several Ways To Help You Learn More

At CWD, you can discover information regarding questions about basic diabtes care, chat with other members of the community in our Forums section, learn about educational and connective experiences at our Friends for Life conferences, “Connect” and hear shared stories, and get answers to your unique questions in our Ask the DTeam section. To learn more, go to our help page:

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

Thinking Through Those First Few Weeks

The first weeks following a diagnosis are going to be emotion-filled for the entire family.

It’s important to remember that your child’s attitude about diabetes will be in large measure a reflection of your attitude, so it’s vitally important that you approach diabetes management as matter-of-factly as possible. This can be very difficult for parents with combative toddlers, but it is very important.

How Will Diabetes Affect Daily Life?

he first weeks following a diagnosis are going to be emotion-filled for the entire family.

It’s important to remember that your child’s attitude about diabetes will be in large measure a reflection of your attitude, so it’s vitally important that you approach diabetes management as matter-of-factly as possible. This can be very difficult for parents with combative toddlers, but it is very important.

Home and Family
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Diabetes + School
If your child attends school or day care, you’ll need to help teachers or day care providers understand diabetes and how to care for your child’s needs.
Learn more @ Diabetes + School section.

Travel / Vacation
Traveling requires extra planning. Our Traveling with Diabetes section offers some basic hints. You’ll want to speak with your endocrinolgist for more detailed advice regarding travel. The TSA website also offers guidelines for traveling with diabetes supplies and equipment.
Learn more @ our Traveling with Diabetes section.

Parents: Take a Break
Finally, don’t forget that you, as a married couple, have a life separate from your kids. No matter how young your child is, find a baby sitter with whom you feel comfortable and teach her how to care for your child’s diabetes. Ask your relatives if they’ll learn too, so you can take an occasional night or weekend getaway. Diabetes is a 24-hour-a-day disease. You must find a way to take a break from it now and then. If your worries about a sitter are holding you back:
Learn more: Babysitting

You may also find the Presentation at the AACE Pediatric Practice Management Workshop helpful
for understanding more about caring for kids with diabetes.

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