By Marc Castro*, Guest Writer (For Guest Posts Please Refer Terms ) Every parent wants to have a child that is healthy and bright. Not onl...
By Marc Castro*, Guest Writer (For Guest Posts Please Refer Terms)
Every parent wants to have a child that is healthy and bright. Not only are they worried about their possible future, many parents would want to have a child that is able to realize their full potential without any hang-ups or disabilities.
One genetic issue that can manifest itself during infancy is Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition wherein the body is unable to produce the hormone insulin because the body’s beta cells in the pancreas are systematically being destroyed by the body. As a result, the beta cells do not produce insulin, which is important to the use of blood glucose for the cell’s purposes. With high blood sugar levels, there are many complications that can arise in the kidney, liver, heart and lungs.
There are many ways to make diabetes management for infants part of their daily regimen. Here are some ways that this can become fun and happy for your child:
Insulin Ingestion. There are many ways to make this fun activity. This though depends on the required doses your infant child would need during the day. This can be managed through the amount of carbohydrates that your child eats during the day. So keeping the same meals at the right times can make insulin ingestion an easier exercise for both mother and child.
Blood Testing. Blood testing involves pricking the skin and drawing a blood that can be tested for blood glucose levels. This is done at the start of the day and before bedtime. This is also quite important, as children are more prone to hypoglycemic attacks. This occurs when blood sugar levels are too low for proper activity. Aside from properly managing the diet, making this part of their daily activity through explanation can help make this exercise all the more easier for both mother and child.
Hypoglycemic Attacks. This is one of the dangerous conditions associated with diabetes. This results from low blood glucose levels and can be manifested through trembling or involuntary muscle movements, drowsiness, dizziness, convulsions leading to unconsciousness. One way to prevent this is through proper blood testing and if any of the symptoms come up, have a sugar stash that can suddenly raise sugar levels quickly. This would involve soda, candy or some other sugar sweet food item.
Regular Exercise. Many parents with children suffering from conditions or disabilities tend to become overprotective. They would keep their children from one of the healthiest ways to maintain blood sugar levels: exercise. Allowing their child to play and have fun in the sun can be exercise, which is one way to use up excess glucose in the bloodstream. Keeping them active can make exercise part of their daily lifestyle, as they grow older.
As can be seen, parenting a child with Type 1 diabetes is difficult only when protective instincts are given more importance than the health and wellness of the child. Making insulin ingestion fun, blood testing an exercise, knowing possible hypoglycemia and regular play can make managing diabetes with your child a fun and bonding experience for both parent and child in the long run.