When A Child Has Diabetes

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A previously healthy child starts to urinate more often, seems perpetually thirsty and begins to lose weight, and suddenly the family faces a lifelong challenge of managing the hormone insulin, daily blood sugar monitoring and record-keeping. How do you impose this regimen on a carefree, rambunctious child or an adolescent seeking independence? The diabetes team at The Hospital for Sick Children has been guiding families through this adjustment for more than 25 years. Now the team's medical expertise and ...
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Overview

A previously healthy child starts to urinate more often, seems perpetually thirsty and begins to lose weight, and suddenly the family faces a lifelong challenge of managing the hormone insulin, daily blood sugar monitoring and record-keeping. How do you impose this regimen on a carefree, rambunctious child or an adolescent seeking independence? The diabetes team at The Hospital for Sick Children has been guiding families through this adjustment for more than 25 years. Now the team's medical expertise and practical know-how are available to all parents in this helpful book.

This comprehensive guide is packed with case histories, handy charts and diagrams, and tips for day-to-day living. Topics include:

  • what Type 1 diabetes is and how it's usually controlled
  • how to know when diabetes is not being well managed and what to do about it
  • how to help young children deal with a condition they can't understand
  • how to teach older children and teens to accept their "difference" and manage it responsibly
  • what implications may develop and how you can reduce the risks.

What do adults caring for children with diabetes need to learn, and why? Diabetes can strike at any point in life, but it is perhaps the greatest cause for concern when it strikes children and adolescents. Management of the disease impacts the lifestyle of the afflicted - and that of their families in profound and numerous ways.

When a Child Has Diabetes, a new entry in Your Personal Health Series is written by a team of diabetes specialists in direct, easy-to-understand language. The book is clearly organized for both quick reference and detailed study. The following essential topics are carefully considered:

  • The history, physiology and causes of diabetes
  • Insulin regimens
  • Meal planning
  • Adjusting and monitoring blood sugar balance
  • Decision-making
  • Special situations and emergencies: preventing and managing them.

Besides the issues in day-to-day care, When a Child Has Diabetes also examines the larger implications of diabetes' impact on the family, and on growth and development of children with diabetes. The transition to adult care is also considered, as are possible long-term complications. With a wealth of invaluable information and a focus on family, When a Child has Diabetes is essential reading for all families affected by this dangerous but manageable disease.

About the Author:

Dr. Denis Daneman is chief of the division of endocrinology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto and and directs the hospital's diabetes team. Marcia Frank is a clinical nurse specialist, and Kusiel Perlaman is a staff endocrinologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto. With their colleagues, these dedicated health care professionals see more than 100 new children with diabetes every year.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This readable, comprehensive guide is packed with case history, charts and diagrams, and tips for day-to-day living. Topics include: what Type 1 diabetes is and how is is usually controlled; how to know when diabetes is not being well managed and what to do about it; how to help young children deal with a condition they can't understand; how to teach older childrn & teen to accept their 'difference' and manage it; what complications may develop and how you can reduce risk.

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Reviewer: James Skinner, RN, MS, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: Experts from the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children offer a guide for the management and care of children and teens with diabetes. This book provides tips on food, exercise, exercise, blood glucose monitoring, insulin, growth and development, and advice on coping strategies.
Purpose: This book is intended as a guide and reference in the treatment and management of diabetes in the young. It is written with the young person in mind, identifying topics directly related to the challenges faced by the child with diabetes, as well as coping mechanisms. These objectives are practical and worthy and have been met by the editors.
Audience: This book was written for parents of children with diabetes, family members, friends, school personnel, and the young person with diabetes.
Features: The benefits of diabetes management are identified, and tips on food management, self blood glucose monitoring, exercise, hypoglycemia, and growth and development are offered. Adjustments and coping mechanisms for the challenges of growing up with diabetes are discussed. The various stages of child development and adaptations to challenges with diabetes are also covered. Chapters conclude with a question and answer segment addressing typical concerns.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and contains all the basic elements to guide family and caregivers in the care and treatment of diabetes in the young person. Information and insights are provided from the experts addressing concerns and adaptations during each phase of child development. There are several other publications that address specific stages of development such as Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Reassuring Guide (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1999). Also Outsmarting Diabetes: A Dynamic Approval for Reducing the Effects of IDDM (Joslin Diabetes Center) addresses other issues such as pump therapy in the young.
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Reviewer: James Skinner, RN, MS, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: Experts from the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children offer a guide for the management and care of children and teens with diabetes. This book provides tips on food, exercise, exercise, blood glucose monitoring, insulin, growth and development, and advice on coping strategies.
Purpose: This book is intended as a guide and reference in the treatment and management of diabetes in the young. It is written with the young person in mind, identifying topics directly related to the challenges faced by the child with diabetes, as well as coping mechanisms. These objectives are practical and worthy and have been met by the editors.
Audience: This book was written for parents of children with diabetes, family members, friends, school personnel, and the young person with diabetes.
Features: The benefits of diabetes management are identified, and tips on food management, self blood glucose monitoring, exercise, hypoglycemia, and growth and development are offered. Adjustments and coping mechanisms for the challenges of growing up with diabetes are discussed. The various stages of child development and adaptations to challenges with diabetes are also covered. Chapters conclude with a question and answer segment addressing typical concerns.
Assessment: This book is easy to read and contains all the basic elements to guide family and caregivers in the care and treatment of diabetes in the young person. Information and insights are provided from the experts addressing concerns and adaptations during each phase of child development. There are several other publications that address specific stages of development such as Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Reassuring Guide (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1999). Also Outsmarting Diabetes: A Dynamic Approval for Reducing the Effects of IDDM (Joslin Diabetes Center) addresses other issues such as pump therapy in the young.
James Skinner
Experts from the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children offer a guide for the management and care of children and teens with diabetes. This book provides tips on food, exercise, exercise, blood glucose monitoring, insulin, growth and development, and advice on coping strategies. This book is intended as a guide and reference in the treatment and management of diabetes in the young. It is written with the young person in mind, identifying topics directly related to the challenges faced by the child with diabetes, as well as coping mechanisms. These objectives are practical and worthy and have been met by the editors. This book was written for parents of children with diabetes, family members, friends, school personnel, and the young person with diabetes. The benefits of diabetes management are identified, and tips on food management, self blood glucose monitoring, exercise, hypoglycemia, and growth and development are offered. Adjustments and coping mechanisms for the challenges of growing up with diabetes are discussed. The various stages of child development and adaptations to challenges with diabetes are also covered. Chapters conclude with a question and answer segment addressing typical concerns. This book is easy to read and contains all the basic elements to guide family and caregivers in the care and treatment of diabetes in the young person. Information and insights are provided from the experts addressing concerns and adaptations during each phase of child development. There are several other publications that address specific stages of development such as Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Reassuring Guide (John Wiley &Sons, Inc, 1999). Also Outsmarting Diabetes: A Dynamic Approval for Reducing the Effects of IDDM (Joslin Diabetes Center) addresses other issues such as pump therapy in the young.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552093313
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Series: Your Personal Health Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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by Dr. Denis Daneman, Marcia Frank and Kusiel Perlman

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