Diabetes Resources for Parents and Kids

Parenting is a lot of work, even in the best of circumstances. And it isn’t always easy being a kid, either. But when diabetes is part of the mix, things can be even more complicated and difficult for parent and child alike. Not only does type 1 diabetes in a child require vigilant attention to diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, but it can also cause a range of emotional challenges.

Extra support for such families, both in terms of managing the physical condition of a child with type 1 diabetes as well as their mental health, can go a long way. Fortunately, there are tons of online tools and resources specifically focused on helping families take control of diabetes instead of the other way around.

If you have a child with diabetes, consider checking out the following diabetes resources for parents and kids, list courtesy of the Diabetes Council:

 Information for Parents:

  1. Learning About Diabetes
  2. Children with Diabetes
  3. A Sweet Life: The Diabetes Magazine
  4. KidsHealth from Nemours
  5. T1 Everyday Magic
  6. American Diabetes Association
  7. JDRF Mentor Program
  8. KidsRPumping

Information for Kids:

  1. Kids Who Pump Insulin
  2. Brain Pop
  3. Lenny-Diabetes.com

Blogs:

  1. Arden’s Day
  2. Bleeding Finger Blog
  3. Bridget Writes
  4. Adventures in Diabetes Parenting
  5. Your Diabetes May Vary
  6. D-Mom Blog
  7. Our Diabetic Life
  8. Jen’s Blog from T1 Everyday Magic
  9. Kim’s Blog from T1 Everyday Magic
  10. The Dale Tribe

Forum and Communities:

  1. Children with Diabetes Forum
  2. Children with Diabetes Facebook Forum
  3. JDRF TypeOneNation

Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A New Way To Manage Blood Sugar

If you or your child receive a diabetes diagnosis, you’ll soon learn how important monitoring your blood sugar is to staying healthy. That used to mean pricking a finger multiple times a day to obtain a sample. Now, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) can make finger-pricking a thing of the past for many diabetes patients. CGM is a tested, safe, reliable, and accurate transceiver device that can help some individuals with diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels 24 hours a day without interrupting their day to obtain a sample.

Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.

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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

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Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18