Diabetes in children is a common disease. One has to keep in mind that diabetic child’s nutritional needs are same as those of other children of their age who do not have diabetes. Proper meal planning should be done and also the diet should be revised so as to keep the child’s growth in mind. In general one should keep in mind a child of average weight needs about 1000 calories a day at age one, with additional 100 calories a day added each year. There are two major problems one can say as in keeping your child on track in terms of food:
– Is the need to co ordinate food with insulin injection?- Are the appalling eating habits of children when they are out of their parents’ sight?
Same principals should be followed as elders as in children, regarding insulin injections the timings should be matched to eating times. To minimize a precipitins drop in glucose, child should be given snacks in between meals and at bed times.
School authorities should be taken into confidence if one’s child is actually suffering from diabetes. If the school provides food nutritionist they can make certain that one’s child eats properly without creating special attention. One can have more control if the mothers pack the lunch themselves. Special permission should be obtained from the authorities for the child may be allowed to eat a snack in between when necessary. But with children the common problem which occurs is they often don’t eat what there mothers pack in lunch, often the lunch is either traded with their pals and in few cases they tend to eat junk, and extreme cases actually throw in the garbage.
Children at certain age do need to handle with special care as they need to feel as though they also are integrated member of their peer group, and different in any way whether with appearance, physical deformity and even with so called a small issue of wrong hair cut. If a child does not feel comfortable with the diabetic meal it might be thrown out to prove that the child is no way different from anyone.
It is one of the basic natures of a child to test limits. This is a normal part of growing up, reaching for independence and testing waters of larger worlds. These children actually give try to the diabetic food plan also. Care must be taken that they may not push there blood glucose level to dangerous limits and at the same time they may not stuff themselves with heavily saturated foods. Children should made aware that they’ll get in to trouble as a result it is so important that as a parent the children must be prepared for what to do in case of emergency.
To conclude one must firstly be prepared one self with confidence and knowledge as of how to handle ones child with diabetes. As a parent one should be aware of special needs of the child which are required but without showing much stress to the child. The ADA guidelines list the foods in categories from which one can make exchanges to create flexibility and variety.