Diabetes Support at School

How do you initiate and maintain a diabetes support group at your child’s school? Find out here!

Top 10 Tips for Better Blood Glucose Control

Parenting is a never-ending challenge, and so is diabetes care. Parents need to stay involved in their child’s management even when he is old enough and mature enough to perform many of his daily self-management rituals on his own…

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Tips And Tricks For Halloween

While the kids are probably looking forward to Halloween, the parents are likely more concerned about the what it’s going to do to their children’s blood glucose control.

Back to School

The end of summer brings the start of the school year, and for most students, that involves gathering school supplies and picking out a first-day-of-school outfit. But for kids with diabetes and their parents, there’s a lot more to it than that…

Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care

One afternoon, at the close of a children’s support group session, I gathered the kids around for an activity. I sketched a tree trunk on a roll of butcher paper and gave each child two green paper leaves. On one, I asked them to write or draw…

Insulin Pump Therapy for Kids

There’s no doubt that interest in insulin pumps is up among people with diabetes. In fact, the most commonly asked question of the staff at the Yale Children’s Diabetes Program in New Haven, Connecticut, is, “Am I a candidate for the pump?” or “Is my child a candidate for the pump?” In many cases, the answer is yes…

Sending Your Kid to Camp

So you’re thinking of sending your child to summer camp. What a great idea! Camps are wonderful places — without parents — where children can experience the great outdoors, learn new skills, make friends, meet positive role models…

Tips and Tools for Insulin Pump Use

Insulin pumps can be great tools for managing diabetes in people of all ages, including children, teens, and even infants. In this article, parents whose kids use pumps, kids who use pumps, and health-care professionals who work with kids who use pumps offer ideas, tips, hints, and advice on common problems and how to avoid them…

To Pump, or Not to Pump?

Your 10-year-old daughter just returned from diabetes camp. She said that everyone was using an insulin pump, and she wants one too. You are worried about having a tiny computer deliver insulin into her body. Should you ask your daughter’s…

Extinguishing Burnout

If you are a parent of a child, teen, or young adult with Type 1 diabetes, thoughts running through your mind might include, “Diabetes is wearing me out,” “This shouldn’t be this hard,” or “I feel like I do the same thing over and over again, but we’re not getting anywhere.” If you have said these things or felt these feelings, those are good signs that you are experiencing diabetes burnout…