Discovering that your child has type 1 or type 2 diabetes can give rise to many emotions. When children are diagnosed with diabetes, parents need to be very involved in learning about the condition, participating in the routines and sharing management decisions. As they get older, they will learn how to care for themselves, but parents still play an important role in a child's health care team.

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Diabetes, Your Child & You

Here are some suggestions to help you and your family adjust to your child’s diagnosis of diabetes.

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Children & Type 1 Diabetes

When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the role of a caregiver becomes more important than ever. Encourage your child to be involved in their diabetes care right from the beginning.

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Children & Type 2 Diabetes

About half of all children with type 2 diabetes do not have any symptoms. In addition to obesity, there are many factors that increase a child’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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Healthy Eating for School-age Children

Encouraging healthy, balanced eating for children can help prevent health problems such as type 2 diabetes.

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Active Living for School-age Children

Active children become active adults. Regular activity builds a healthy heart, burns excess energy and can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.

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Children & Special Occasions

Having diabetes shouldn’t prevent a child from having fun. A little planning allows kids with diabetes to participate in just about everything.

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Teens & Diabetes

As a child matures, families need to find the balance between parental monitoring and teen independence. Here are some suggestions for supporting your teen’s diabetes care.

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Kids with Diabetes at School

School days are an important part of a child’s life. With support from school personnel, most students can manage their diabetes independently while in school.