Are you raising a daughter with diabetes? This is commonly known as type 1 diabetes. It is most commonly diagnosed in children and in young adults. In honor of November being Diabetes Awareness month I’d like to give you some tips that could make life a little easier for your daughter.
In type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. And insulin is a hormone produced to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy for daily living.
Keep in mind this is very stressful for your daughter. It can be upsetting and life threatening. The more family involvement the better she will feel. And when she feels better you will see how easy it is to better manage her diabetes. Take a look at tips and warning signs that can help your daughter better understand her diabetes.
Tips that can help make yours and your daughter life easier
• Stay involved with the care of your child even when they are able to manage it for themselves
• Stay positive even when it’s hard
• Makes sure your daughter get’s plenty of sleep
• A great deal of patience will be needed
• Extreme thirst
• Frequent urination
• Sudden weight loss
• Sugar in the urine
• Fruity odor on the breath
• Increased appetite
• Drowsiness or lethargy
• Sudden vision changes
• Heavy or labored breathing
Make sure you take note that food does matter. There are some kids that could take insulin and have positive blood sugar numbers. And there are the other kids that have to watch what they eat at all times. Small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference in your daughter’s life. Make sure that in making changes with your family’s diet, you explain that this is healthy for the whole family.
Getting educated is one of the most important things that you could ever do for your daughter. The better educated you become increases the chance of her diabetes becoming better managed.
It is important that you make changes as a family. Help the family make changes that can make a difference in your daughter’s life as well as theirs. Encourage the whole family to come up with different ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. This creates a positive thinking pattern in your daughter so that she does not feel left out or alone.
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