Your Child Is Diagnosed with Diabetes:
Parents' Questions for the Health Care Team
Parents of children with diabetes often have concerns about the
disease, its impact on their family, and how to keep their children
safe and healthy. Use these questions to talk with your child's
health care team and learn about your child's diabetes care needs
at diagnosis and later on as well. To find out more about possible
answers, use the links under each set of questions.
are the different types of diabetes?
type of diabetes does our child have?
it ever go away?
does this mean for other members of our family?
it mean our other children will get diabetes too?
about other family members?
(See Tips for Kids: Lower Your Risk for type 2 Diabetes)
are my child's treatment goals?
can we help our child meet these goals?
often will our child need to visit you each year?
(See Treatment Goals and Family Support)
(See Tip Sheets for Kids with Type 2 Diabetes)
other health care team members can help care for our child's diabetes?
do we contact them?
(See Visiting the Health Care Team)
can we work together as a family to help our child?
can we help our child check blood glucose, take insulin, eat healthy
foods, be more active, and learn about diabetes?
can help us work together as a family?
(See Helping Children Manage Diabetes)
emotional issues might our child and family face?
diabetes affect the way our child behaves?
do we start letting our child manage his/her own diabetes care?
can help us cope with these issues?
(See Tips for Teens with type 2 Diabetes: Dealing with the Ups and
Downs of Diabetes)
(See Transition to Independence )
(See Understanding Emotional & Psychological Considerations
of Children with Diabetes: Tips for School Nurses)
we tell friends and family about our child's diabetes?
can help us if we don't have medical insurance?
What resources are there to help our child in school?
(See Diabetes at School)
What research is going on?
large nation-wide studies are under way.
TODAY study wants to find the best ways to care for type 2 diabetes
in children and teens and has begun in 13 medical sites. To find
out if you can join go to www.TODAYstudy.org.
1 Diabetes TrialNet is a group of studies looking at ways to prevent
or to treat type 1 diabetes early. To find out if you can join go
or call1- 800- HALT- DM1(1-800-425-8361).
SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study will help us learn about how
type 1 and type 2 diabetes differ, what medical problems arise,
the health care children receive, and how diabetes shapes their
daily lives. www.searchfordiabetes.org
lot of other research is going on. To find studies in your area,
talk to your health care team and visit the JDRF and ADA (links
Resources for Parents and Children National Diabetes Education Program
www.ndep.nih.gov or call 1-800-438-5383
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)
www.jdrf.org or call 1-800-223-1138
Children with Diabetes www.childrenwithdiabetes.com
American Diabetes Association ( ADA ) www.diabetes.org
or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes
Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes
of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2006 Reviewed by Janet Silverstein, M.D. Professor, Department of
Pediatrics, University of Florida
information presented on this site is intended solely as a general
educational aid, and is neither medical nor healthcare advice for
any individual problem, nor a substitute for medical or other professional
advice and services from a qualified healthcare provider familiar
with your unique circumstances. Always seek the advice of your physician
or other qualified healthcare professional regarding any medical
condition and before starting any new treatment.