Islets of Hope care tips for persons with diabetes
Compiled by Lahle Wolfe, who is not a medical doctor but has diabetes, and is a parent of a young child with diabetes who uses an insulin pump.
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Tips are sent to us and compiled into our "Diabetes Care Tips" section for general information only. Tips are based on the experiences and opinions of those who submit tips to IOH and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and position of IOH.
Advice found in any part of our "Diabetes Care Tips" section is not intended, nor should be as a substitute for the care and advice of a licensed medical health professional.
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Colour, music and art are all experimental creative therapies, the validity of which has not yet been established. However, all are beneficial, positive disciplines with large numbers of devoted practitioners and happy patients. Each uses noise or vision in different manners in order to provoke a reaction (usually relaxation) from the patient. When it comes to diabetes, certain aspects of these therapies may be able to help the disease or complications arising from the disease.
Tips and Advice for Parents of Children with Diabetes
Coping Skills for Young Children
Young children need safe, creative outlets for dealing with many complicatied feelings that come with dealing with a chronic illness. Fear, uncertainty, and depression can accompany diabetes. But you can help cushion these difficult feelings by offering love, patience, empathy, and quality, fun time with mom and dad.
For those newly diagnosed, the worst part of diabetes may be the constant physical pain involved with blood glucose checks, shots, and canula changes. Here are some tips to try:
Magic Pinwheel – Give your child a "magic" pinwheel. Have your child “blow away” pain or bad feelings. This was a tip I learned when Elizabeth was hospitalized that proved very effective for dispelling shot related anxiety. Blowing soap bubbles also works well, but is not always practical. Women in labor are taught to alternative long deep breaths with shorter ones. These shorter puffs of air can help a child focus on something besides being stuck with a needle.
Special Buddy – Give your child a special “friend” to cuddle during, finger pricks, shots or when changing out canulas. The buddy can also have diabetes and can get their shot or site changed first. Often, the child will want to give the buggy a “shot” or change the site to feel some sense of control, but the parent can also do it, talking to the buddy as if to the child. A rag doll, teddy bear or other soft toy should be specifically purchased and used as a diabetes buddy. It is better not to use a buddy the child is already attached to in some other way.
Other activities that offer positive focus (and can help a child relax) include:
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Page Updated 02/25/2006