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    Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Making Mealtime Happier

    Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Making Mealtime Happier

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    Some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant when your young child has type 1 diabetes:

    • Set up expectations (and consequences) for staying at the table during mealtime.
    • Keep mealtimes positive and enjoyable.
    • Offer a variety of healthy choices to your child.


    • Preparing an alternative meal during or shortly after a meal.
    • Frequently reminding your child to eat (during the meal).
    • Punishing your child for not eating.
    • Giving "sweets" or other foods as rewards.
    • Offering dessert only if another food is finished or the child "cleans" his or her plate.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

    Current as ofMay 23, 2016

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