Diabetes Self-Management Articles

If you care for a child who has diabetes, this section can help you navigate his or her diabetes care, from diagnosis to the first day of school to the teenage years and beyond. Whether you’re looking for information on insulin pumps, diabetes camps, making injections easier, dealing with hypoglycemia, or other issues, the articles below can help.

Be Aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness by Karen Kelly, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E., and Amy Gilliland, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.E.

Anyone whose child uses insulin has no doubt been warned of the dangers of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and the need to treat it promptly. Mild hypoglycemia can cause a person to feel uncomfortable and can interfere with his normal functioning. Severe…

Diabetes Support at School by Debra Madaris Efird

If your school or community does not offer a support group for teens with diabetes, perhaps you need only to ask for one. In a group setting, they can learn from each other’s mistakes, discuss uncomfortable situations that arise, and buoy one another with hope…

Extinguishing Burnout by Diana M. Naranjo, PhD, and Korey K. Hood, PhD

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…

Also inside: Burnout Resources

Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care by Alisha Perez, MS, CCLS

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…

Resolving Parent–Teen Conflicts by Jean Roemer, MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE

Virtually all parents and their teens have conflicts at some point. In teens with diabetes, the topic of diabetes care often becomes a focal point of parent–teen conflict…

School Planning 101 by Margaret T. Lawlor, MS, CDE, and Cindy Pasquarello, BSN, RN, CDE

School-age children spend about half their waking hours at school, and children with diabetes are no different. Since your child can’t leave his diabetes at home when he goes to school, it is necessary to have a plan…

Also inside: School Plan Resources

Sending Your Kid to Camp by Karen Riley, RN

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…

Also inside: Doing Your Camp Homework

Tips and Tools for Insulin Pump Use by Jean Betschart Roemer, MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE

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…

Also inside: Pumps on the Market

Tips And Tricks For Halloween by Diane Fennell

Halloween—the very word can send a shiver up the spines of children and parents alike, albeit for very different reasons. While the kids are probably looking forward to costumes and trick-or-treating, the parents are likely more concerned about…

Also inside: Halloween Treats

To Pump, or Not to Pump? by Deborah Butler, MSW, LICSW

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…

Also inside: Before You Get a Pump, For Further Reading

Top 10 Tips for Better Blood Glucose Control by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

Parents need to stay involved in their child’s management. Find out how to make things just a little bit better, both for you and for your kids…

Transitioning to Adult Care by Jean Roemer, MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE

When it becomes time for a teen or young adult to leave his childhood diabetes care providers and move on to adult care providers, it is common for both the young person and his parents to feel some anxiety about making the transition. However, at some point, young adults are usually better served by going to an adult care provider, and the switch must be made…

Also inside: Resources for Parents, Teens, and Young Adults

Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Children by Jill A. Goldfarb, MD

Until recently, it was thought that Type 2 diabetes was a disease of adults. During the 1990’s, however, pediatric endocrinologists began to recognize and diagnose it in children. There has been an increasing number of children diagnosed with Type…

When Your Teen Just Quits by Jean Betschart Roemer, R.N., M.N., C.P.N.P., C.D.E.

The teenage years are a time of physical, mental, and emotional growth. Like all times of transition and change, the going can get rough at times. For teens with diabetes, diabetes and its care can be one of the rough spots. Just as the changes happening…

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Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring — Part 1: The Gear
Blood glucose self-monitoring is one of the keys to diabetes control. Here are the tools you need to carry out this task.

Perfectionism: An Impossible Goal in Diabetes Management
Striving for good self-care is important, but perfectionism can make diabetes care — and life — more difficult.

Recipes for Spring
Enjoy recipes for Baked salmon on beet greens, Tofu and snow pea slaw, Radish and cucumber salad, Spinach pinwheels, Beet salad with citrus dressing, and Stuffed berries.

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