Being a parent and raising a child is already a daunting task, but then add a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes into the mix and it becomes downright overwhelming! From the first day of their diagnosis, parents will be faced with decision after decision. It’s stressful, anxiety provoking, and a little scary. Thankfully, there are many resources available for parents, in addition to advice from medical experts.
You’ll no doubt be faced with many challenges along the way when it comes to raising a child with type 1 diabetes. This will never change. The key is knowing how to handle these challenges and tackle them together, as a family. Tom Karlya is a father of two children with diabetes, to help other parents in a similar situation, he’s sharing some advice and tips on the biggest challenges of raising children with type 1 diabetes…
Use Available Resources
As we mentioned above, parents of children with diabetes will be faced with many decisions along the way. Thankfully, there’s a world of online resources (in addition to advice from medical experts, of course). Don’t be afraid to do use any and all the resources provided. Take the time to learn about diabetes. The more educated a parent is on their child’s condition, the better equipped they will be at helping them. Use any online resources available (as long as they are reputable), as well as any support groups or resources provided by your doctor.
Health experts know a lot about diabetes which is great! However, it can make it a little overwhelming when it comes to looking for information. Chances are when typing “diabetes” into your search engine, smoke started coming from your computer due to the zillions of possibilities. Which one do you choose? For myself, WebMD was a great online resource that contained the latest and greated information. However, in the first two months of a diagnosis, avoid the online community and get the basics from your doctor.