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Type 1 Diabetes: Your Child's Role in Care

Overview

Children with type 1 diabetes can and should take part in their treatment. As children get older and more experienced with the disease, they can participate more in their treatment.

  • Toddlers and preschool-aged children usually can't do tasks for diabetes care, such as giving insulin or checking blood sugar. But as they get older, they typically can help with these tasks.
  • Children in elementary school can help with all tasks required for their care. With supervision, many children can test their blood sugar level.
  • Children in middle school should be able to test their own blood sugar level. Some children can give insulin shots as long as this happens with supervision.
  • Teens should be able to handle their own care with appropriate supervision. Teens may choose to use an insulin pump instead of shots. If they use a pump, they still need supervision from adults.

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Current as of: October 2, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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