Having a child who is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be extremely overwhelming and a little scary for a parent. It definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. While it may require a few new rules and norms around the house, luckily it doesn’t have to affect their quality of life, or yours.
Type 1 diabetes may be a lifelong condition, but with the right support and knowledge at hand, it doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying all the regular things life has to offer. To help you as a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, below is an explanation of 8 hurdles you will likely experience throughout your child’s life and how you can attempt to overcome them.
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Sports and exercise are natural parts of childhood. Exercise is also an important part of diabetes treatment. That said, exercise also causes blood sugar levels to drop, which can have a negative effect on your child’s energy, says Get Real Health.
Before your child begins any new sport or activity, it’s important to consult with your doctor to see if you need to adjust your child’s meal plan or hormone doses to compensate for the increased activity. Checking blood sugar levels throughout their activity and communicating with coaches beforehand can also help to accommodate your child’s needs.