I don’t think my daughter has experienced any bullying in terms of her type 1 diabetes…yet.
There was a child last year who claimed that she, too, has diabetes and was going to die very soon. This child was a definite attention seeker. She also said that you get diabetes from “laying on the couch like this (she demonstrated) and eating like this (she pretended to shovel food in her mouth).”
I asked the teacher if I should come in and talk with the class about diabetes. She said that in her experience it would draw more attention to the issue and that she would like to start with talking one-on-one with this child. The issue was resolved.
Many of the children at school have always known Q with diabetes and have seen her testing her blood sugar and getting insulin. It’s just part of who she is.
Has your child experienced bullying related to diabetes? How did you handle it?
Here’s a great video from Diabetes UK about bullying:
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