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Kids and diabetes: What your child’s sitters and grandparents need to know

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Raising children is bound to be nerve-racking at times, and a diagnosis of diabetes can amp up a parent’s stress level. To relieve stress – for both you and your child – it’s important to sometimes rely on babysitters and grandparents. Here is basic information your child’s babysitters and grandparents should know:

A girl & her dog: This dynamic duo fights back against diabetes

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Like any person with type 1 diabetes, Brianna Carr experiences quick changes in her blood sugar levels. The otherwise healthy, active 12 year old has her parents, Brad and Heather, and her medical team to help monitor her illness. She also has Rosie, a yellow Labrador retriever trained to recognize and alert others whenever Brianna’s blood sugar becomes too high or too low.

Kids and diabetes: Learn the ABCs of 504 Plans to ensure proper treatment at school

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For many children, a diagnosis of diabetes does not lead to problems at school. But issues can arise including concerns about field trips, participation in sports or who is qualified to handle a low-blood-sugar emergency.

Kids and Diabetes: How to help your child reap the rewards of exercise and sports

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When it comes to sports and exercise, there’s no reason why your child with diabetes should sit on the sidelines – if he is otherwise healthy. In fact, you should encourage your child to be active because there are many benefits associated with exercise. By exercising, your child can lower blood sugar levels, control her weight, have more energy and endurance and boost his heart health.

Kids and Diabetes: How to recognize and manage low blood sugar

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It may seem counterintuitive, but low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) will affect children who have diabetes. The condition occurs when an individual has excessive insulin, perhaps as a result of taking too much insulin, skipping meals or exercising at a high level. If your child’s blood sugar drops too low, they can become unconscious and/or have a seizure.

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?