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Health Tip: Help Your Child Cope With Diabetes

-- Diabetes will change a child's life, and the lives of close family members.

The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions to help your child cope with his or her condition:

  • Learn as much as you can about diabetes -- together.
  • Encourage your child to disclose the condition to family members and close friends, whenever the time feels right.
  • Promote your child's participation in managing his or her own diabetes care.
  • Have your child speak with other children who have diabetes.
  • Talk together about what emotions your child is dealing with. Allow both positive and negative comments, but assure your child that everything will be OK.
  • Don't let diabetes take over your child's life. Encourage participation in sports, hobbies and other activities.
  • Acknowledge that habits and behaviors may change over the years to better manage diabetes.
  • Help your child learn how to deal with stress.
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Posted: May 2009