Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease
Insulin is the only medicine that can treat type 1 diabetes, and your child is most likely taking more than one Reference type of insulin. Your child may take several injections a day or use an Reference insulin pump Opens New Window. The insulin pump provides insulin with fewer injections and is as effective as multiple daily injections for keeping blood sugar levels in a Reference target range.
Reference The amount and type of insulin your child takes will likely change over time, depending on changes that occur with normal growth, physical activity level, and hormones (such as during adolescence). Your child may also need higher doses of insulin when feeling sick or stressed.
- Know the dose of each type of insulin your child takes, when your child should take the doses, how long it takes for each type of insulin to start working (onset), when it will have its greatest effect (peak), and how long it will work (duration).
- Store insulin bottles and insulin in pens or pumps according to the manufacturer's instructions. Insulin exposed to heat and sunlight can be less effective.
- Don't let your child skip a dose of insulin without a doctor's advice.
What to think about
A rapid-acting insulin is given with a meal or immediately afterward. The dose is based on what your child actually ate, not what the meal plan required. If your child is a "picky eater," this provides flexibility that may reduce mealtime battles.
Scientists are looking at new types of insulin and better ways to give it.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology