My child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes - what does this mean? (from 2 years 

Paediatrician Chloe Macaulay discusses what it means if your child has Type 1 diabetes.

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Transcript of My child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes - what does this mean? (from 2 years

My child has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – what does this mean?   Chloe: “If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be a shock at the beginning, especially if you don't know much about diabetes.   The first thing to know about diabetes is although it has many similarities with diabetes in adulthood, it also has many differences. Having diabetes shouldn't affect your child's freedom, or their ability to live a normal life.   There will be some changes, such as giving insulin every day, but these will very soon become part of everyday life for you. At the beginning, it may feel like there is absolutely masses of information to absorb and use and new knowledge and techniques and skills you have to learn, but over time all of these will feel like second nature, and you will be the expert about your child's diabetes.   All children with diabetes have a specialist diabetes team who look after them. There are lots of different members of this team. There's a diabetes nurse, there will be a dietician who will give you advice on what to eat, there will be a specialist doctor and there may be other members in the community, such as your GP, who are also involved. Your diabetes team will give you all the advice and support you need to manage your child's diabetes.   They will explain how to do finger-prick testing, checking your child's blood glucose level or blood sugar level, they'll teach you how to inject insulin, they'll give you advice on eating and also advice on how to manage your child and their diabetes when they become unwell.   The important thing is you're not on your own. There are lots of people to help you. There's your GP, there's your specialist diabetes team and also a lot of information, resources and support available.    

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