Parents

Raising an infant or child is a challenging yet wonderfully rewarding experience. If your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, feeling emotionally overwhelmed  is understandable and although it may add a new challenging element, with the right support and care your child will still lead a normal, healthy and happy life!

1 person is diagnosed with diabetes every 5 minutes

We believe that all kids with type 1 diabetes at schools
should be happy, healthy and safe

Diabetes and Schools

We’ve developed an online video resource for parents, carers and teachers caring for kids with type 1 diabetes at schools. Credentialled Diabetes Educator Mark Taylor gives practical advice about type 1 diabetes management such as insulin pumps and treating hypos/hypers, as well as advice about sick days and special considerations.
Check it out below or click here, and don’t forget that you can call our Infoline on 1300 136 588 if you have any questions.

Jump to a topic by skipping the below timecode:

1:16 What is diabetes?
3:00 Introduction to types of diabetes
5:34 Type 1 Diabetes management and testing (injection devices and insulin pumps)
9:43 Hypoglycaemia (“Hypos”) signs/symptoms and common causes
11:56 Treating mild Hypoglycaemia
14:40 Managing severe Hypoclycaemia
15:31 Hyperglycaemia (“Hypers”) signs/symptoms and common causes
17:35 Managing Hyperglycaemia
18:39 Special considerations for changes in routine and medical emergency information
21:17 More information/resources
22:29 Infection control and safety considerations: storage of insulin and sharps
23:26 Rights and responsibilities for all parties
24:25 Diabetes and learning

There is no reason why your child shouldn’t lead
a normal, healthy and happy life!

Challenge 1

Infants and young children have no understanding of diabetes and, like any child of this age, they are totally dependent on their parents or carers. The intensive day to day management of type 1 diabetes in toddlers is unrelenting, and it is normal to feel fatigued or frustrated with the constant daily demands.

Parents and carers of children with type 1 diabetes should seek support from family, friends or health professionals. Support groups can be invaluable because these people have either experienced or are experiencing similar challenges with type 1 diabetes as yourself. Support groups can often be the best source of understanding and practical knowledge you can get.

Challenge 2

Making diabetes normal. Incorporating play into your child’s diabetes routine can really help. For example, pretending to give teddy an injection or pushing the button on the meter can help kids begin to understand and normalise the diabetes routine.

We have a website dedicated to kids and teens with lots of useful information for kids, teens, parents and carers.

To care for your child – you must care for yourself

Diabetes takes a lot of time and energy so it’s normal to feel frustrated and tired from the constant daily demands of management. You may experience the following changing and recurring emotions – guilt, frustration, helplessness, sadness, anger … and elation when all goes according to plan!

Here are some suggestions to help you cope:

  • talk to someone who may understand
  • share your feelings with your partner, a friend or relative, support groups, your doctor, other health professionals such as a social worker or psychologist
  • share diabetes-related tasks with your partner, supportive family members or friends
  • keep in touch with your educator as ongoing education can help you and your child at different stages
  • ask your health professional team for support and guidance
  • encourage relatives or friends to attend education sessions and/or support groups to learn more about diabetes so that they may in turn give you support
  • find some time for yourself – it’s a worthwhile investment for your wellbeing.