Children newly diagnosed with diabetes may feel confused. It is important that your child understands what diabetes is and what that means for them. Then they can take control of their diabetes management and a sense of ownership of their condition.
Diabetes is part of their daily life now; responsibility for their health, praising good practice and support when things get tough are important. Make sure their school and teachers are aware of their condition and have enough information to be able to support them.
Having a normal life
If your child has diabetes it doesn't mean they can't do the same activities as their friends. Your child, and any adult supporting them, should be aware that they might need a small snack before taking part in any physical activity.
You can order a free story book to help explain diabetes, and a children's diabetes diary from our Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525.
Check out Monster Manor, a game for children aged 6-13 with type 1 diabetes. By testing and logging their results in the app they get rewards, like crazy monsters, bizarre furniture and weird pets. It can also provide parents with insights and strategies to support their child's diabetes management.
Download the game for free, from the iPhone and iPad App Store, or for Android on Google Play.
Sanofi have a range of support material and tools for young people with diabetes and their families in our All Stars materials which can be ordered by calling the Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525.