Diabetes - is your child getting the right treatment?September 09, 2016
The amount of children being diagnosed with Diabetes in the UK is on the increase. Figures provided by Diabetes UK indicate that there are an estimated 31,500 children and young adults under the age of 19 now suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. This disease cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle choices. There is also an increase in children being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and figures from the National Diabetes Paediatric Audit indicate that there are now 533 children and young people living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK.
A diagnosis will be difficult for both the parent and child to cope with. It will necessarily have a life changing effect and once the shock of that diagnosis has begun to subside the family as a whole will have to consider what changes they will need to make in order to manage the child’s diabetes and allow them to continue with as normal a life style as the disease permits.
For the child, the diagnosis can cause fear and anxiety about how they will cope with the disease and feelings of embarrassment about being “different”. The parents will need to manage their child’s confusion and distress, as well as learning how to deal with all aspects of the disease. The child will not only need support from its family and the medical profession but also from their school. An individual healthcare plan (IHP) dealing with exactly what care a child needs in school, when they need it and who is going to give it must be drawn up between the school, the parents and the School Nurse with as much involvement from their medical advisors as is necessary. This plan deals with the management of the child during school time and whilst out on school based activities and will include such things as who will provide emergency assistance and how and when to administer medication.
Proper support for all the family is essential and the help of a team of healthcare professionals during this process will be key. Mismanagement of the disease can and does have serious consequences.
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