3 Little Diabetes Things: Diabetes Forecast July/August 2017

by Leighann on August 17, 2017

Summary: Here are three articles from the July/August 2017 issue of Diabetes Forecast which I think may be informative for parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Read about sleep, eye exams, and school for children with type 1 diabetes.

I subscribe to Diabetes Forecast, but I tend to find it more heavy on content for adults with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes than issues that concentrate on children living with type 1 diabetes (though much of their content about technology or PWDs are relevant to any age group). In the current issue I found quite a few articles about management in T1D kids.

More Sleep Improves Kids’ Type 1 Management

My own daughter barely wakes when I check her blood sugar in the night. She can slurp down a juice box without opening her eyes. But I am sure that when her CGM alarms and I come in to check and treat that it disrupts her sleep (not to mention my own!).

“..there are the behavioral effects of sleep-deprived brains. In addition to lower test scores and feelings of anxiety or depression in children, ‘sleep duration relates to their ability to engage in self-management,’ Perfect says.”

Three tips from the article:

Turn it off. Research shows the blue light from cell phones, computers, and TV screens disrupts the hormones that make you sleepy.

Parents, do a room check. Kids may be in their bedrooms but not necessarily asleep.

Establish routines. A consistent sleep schedule is helpful. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.

Read “More Sleep Improves Kids’ Type 1 Management” on the Diabetes Forecast website.

Kids With Type 1 Not Getting Regular Eye Exams

I have no idea why this is a picture of a greying old man and not a kid!

This states that young people (under age 21) with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aren’t getting eye exams as regularly as they should.

Read “Kids With Type 1 Not Getting Regular Eye Exams” on the Diabetes Forecast website.

Keep Your Child Safe at School

The American Diabetes Association has a Safe at School program to make sure that children with diabetes get the care and accommodations they need.

In this article, they share a few things they think you should do as kids go back to school (such as review the 504 plan) as well as providing a downloadable Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP).

Read “Keep Your Child Safe at School” on the Diabetes Forecast website.

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