Treatment for paediatric diabetes is a life-long commitment and certain lifestyle adjustments and changes will be required to help your child live normally with this disorder. Proper and consistent care and management can help your child live as active a life as other children and do everything other children can do.
Frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels with the help of a blood glucose meter will have to be done throughout the day, often up to ten times a day. Insulin may have to be injected likewise, as per the blood sugar level reading. How much insulin your child needs will depend on the timing of meals, the types of food eaten, and his/ her activity level.
Some of the lifestyle changes will include:
Frequent testing of blood sugar levels
Eating healthy and avoiding junk food (sugary foods are alright occasionally in moderation, but blood sugar levels will have to be closely monitored and a calculated choice must be made)
Having regular meals and snacks
Balancing food, medication and physical activity
Children with diabetes can take part in all activities, just like normal children, as long as their blood sugar levels are frequently monitored. Blood sugar levels must also be checked before and after any physical activity. .
Discuss the treatment and management of diabetes in your child in detail with the doctor, who will assist you in helping your child lead a normal life, doing everything a child does.