Kids and diabetes: Use these tricks to treat your kids right on Halloween

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As Halloween approaches, people tend to conjure up visions of black cats, witches and costumes. But for children, one image tends to block out all others – CANDY. After all, isn’t the whole point of trick-or-treating to get a sack full of sweets?

Kids and diabetes: Take extra care to protect their teeth and gums

Children and teens with diabetes are at greater risk for gum disease.

Did you know high levels of sugar in the saliva of kids with diabetes puts them at greater risk for problems with their teeth, gums and mouth? Diabetes can contribute to bacteria growth in the mouth, plaque build-up and gum disease, while also weakening the body’s ability to fight back.

A day in the life: Social worker

Lisa Broerman with kids who attended diabetes camp.

Learning your child has a life-changing illness such as diabetes is incredibly stressful for the entire family. At Akron Children’s Hospital, families have people like Lisa Broerman and her colleagues in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology to help them through this challenging time.

Volunteering at diabetes camp hectic and stressful, but still a blast (Photo Gallery)


I just finished up a week as a volunteer at Akron Children’s Diabetes Camp. Working under Claudia Meade, MS, RD, LD in the Camp Y-Noah dining hall, I helped to prepare meals and snacks with just the right amount of carbohydrates and nutrients to keep the campers going all week long.

Tips to help your kids manage their diabetes over the holidays


Cut-out cookies. Candy canes. Hot cocoa. For the next month, houses will be filled with delicious treats that will satisfy any Christmas craving. But for children with diabetes, it can mean feeling excluded from some of the sweeter holiday traditions.