Hi guys, just wondered how of if you let your kids handle their diabetes care?
Think it depends on the child. If they seem ready, give them a chance.
I was the kid with diabetes. Did my own shots at 5. Glucose meters weren't around until I was 7 and I tested on my own when I was 8. Made decisions about insulin dosing when I was 11.
Having said that, I wish my parents could have been a little more aware. When I was 8 I decided not to take my evening shot and no one noticed until my A1c was high at the next doctor's appointment.
I wish my parents had talked to me occasionally and asked me how I was doing or if they could help. Or just let me be frustrated. They were always trying to tell me diabetes was no big deal (to encourage me) but it is hard sometimes. Now that I'm a parent I understand they were trying their best and it's hard to know what to do sometimes. You always feel like you could and should have done something differently.
Sorry, that is sort of depressing and probably not the helpful guidance you were looking for. =)
T1 since 1977 Minimed pump since 2002
Very good question, one I am trying to find an answer for myself. My son was dx last year March 2011, he was 9yrs. old almost 10. He is now 11 and while he does do his checks he will not give himself injections and will not consider a pump. He dosn't even care to talk about diabetes. He knows he has to check and watch what he eats, but if you try to talk to him he gets mad.
He needs to change his sights where he gets his shots and his doctors told him to try his stomach, but he won't do it. I know I am part of the problem because I baby him. I think if maybe he talked to someone his age going through the same thing it would help or some sort of couseling. Any suggestions? He going to be starting middle school next fall and I think he really needs to start taking on some resonsiblity. I've told him before that he is going to want more freedom and to get that he has to be able to do it on his own.
How about diabetes summer camp? You hike, boat, ride horses, do archery and riflery, play games and meet other cool people with diabetes. It may help him be more independent and also give you a break. Plus it's just fun.