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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.