Parents and carersDNSWACT
Raising a child is a challenging, yet wonderfully rewarding experience. So when your child is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, feeling emotionally overwhelmed is understandable.
However, while type 2 diabetes throws in a few additional challenges, there is no reason why your child shouldn’t lead a normal, healthy and happy life!
1 person is diagnosed with diabetes every 5 minutes
There is no reason why your child shouldn’t lead
a normal, healthy and happy life!
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 2 diabetes in young children is unrelenting, and it is normal to feel fatigued or frustrated with the constant daily demands.
Parents and carers of children with type 2 diabetes should seek support from family, friends or health professionals. Support groups can be invaluable, because these people who have either experienced or are experiencing similar challenges with type 2 diabetes can be the best source of understanding and practical knowledge you can get.
Making diabetes normal. Incorporating play into your child’s diabetes routine can really help. For example, if they require insulin 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. Your emotions may change and recur (perhaps frequently) – guilt, frustration, helplessness, sadness, anger … and elation when all goes according to plan!
- try and 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
- don’t be afraid to 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 the daily demands of parenting