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5. The cupcake is the unofficial symbol of the diabetes community. Why? Because people with type 1 diabetes CAN eat them as long as they have insulin.
6. When at a birthday party and guessing carb counts, an average homemade cupcake or 3″ piece of cake has approximately 30-35 grams of carbs.
7. Children with type 1 diabetes often have a bedtime snack that includes protein. Protein and fat help carbs last a little longer rather than spiking quickly.
8. Chocolate is not recommended for treating low blood sugars because the fat slows it down. Sugary candy such as Skittles and Smarties are faster acting.
9. The sugar alcohols in sugar-free candy can cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, especially in younger kids. Regular candy may be a better option with insulin to cover it. It’s a myth that sugar-free is always better for people with diabetes.
10. Keep a running list of the serving sizes and carb counts of foods you eat/serve often so that you don’t have to look them up over and over again.
11. Pre-bolusing, or giving insulin for at least part of the meal up front can help reduce post prandial blood sugar spikes. The goal is to match the peaks of the insulin and the carbs.
26. When a child’s blood sugar is high or low, they may also have extreme emotions such as crying easily and being short-tempered.
27. When a child’s blood sugar is low it’s difficult for them to think. During a low blood sugar, the brain literally doesn’t have the fuel it needs to function properly.
28. Begin transitioning self-care to your child by teaching them age appropriate tasks such as checking their own blood sugars, counting carbs, or giving insulin.
29. Though you want your child to eventually self-manage their diabetes, take back over care if it becomes too much for them or they need a break. They have their entire life with diabetes ahead of them.
30. Diabetes is just one aspect of a child with type 1. Of course take care of their medical needs, but try to make them feel like a kid first and foremost.
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