1.Be supportive as a family
But it is important to support a diabetic child and not make them feel alone or that they are to be blamed for this health condition.
2. Create a set routine
It is important that your child feels loved and supported enough to gain a positive sense of control over their condition and lead a healthy and happy life.
In light of World Diabetes Day today (Nov 14), try some of these tips to help look after your child with diabetes:
When a child has diabetes, it affects the entire family. Siblings might resent the extra attention that a child with diabetes gets, as well as having to make sacrifices such as having to eat healthy meals instead of occasionally being allowed to eat junk food.
Children can better manage diabetes when they have a regular schedule at home and at school that helps them eat at regular times, administer insulin regularly, plan ahead and have a snack before exercise, and regularly monitor their blood glucose throughout the day.
Informing the school staff is also important, so that the faculty can help your child participate in group activities and normal classroom activities (sports, exercise classes or excursions) normally as much as possible.
3. Eat healthy as a family Avoid low nutrition carbs for high-fiber, whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole-grain pasta, corn, peas, sweet potato, brown bread and wholegrain cereals.
Likewise encourage non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, peppers and zucchini that are low in carbohydrates and will help your child feel fuller naturally. Not only do they add more fibre to the diet, but will also help reduce added sugar from each meal. Practice portion control to prevent overeating and also avoid forcing your child to finish all the food on their plate if they aren’t able to (avoid wastage by watching quantities).
Despite the upcoming holiday season, remember to include all food types during a meal, because restricting certain foods can lead to poor eating habits, so just remember to keep an eye on your child’s carbohydrate intake. 4. Minimise junk food
5. Cook at home instead of dining out Cooking at home on a daily basis might not be the easiest thing to do, but minimising eating out all the time can really help your diabetic child control their diet and useless calories.
Pack a healthy lunch and snack from home if your child won’t be able to get something nutritious enough from school during the day. Healthy, low calorie snack choices can include vegetable sticks, fruit and low fat cheese. Eliminate high calorie — low nutrition foods such as sodas, fruit juices, other sweetened drinks and junk food from your family’s diet. Instead, stick to water and educate your child on healthy food choices such as choosing lean, skinless meats and having low-fat dairy products.