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
- 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.
About the Author
Denis Daneman, MBBCh, FRCPC, is Professor and Chair Emeritus at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, and Paediatricianin-Chief Emeritus at SickKids. He has been involved in diabetes care and research for over 40 years.
Shaun Barrett, RN, MN, CDE, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at SickKids.
Jennifer Harrington, MD, PhD, FRCP, is an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and a Staff Paediatric Endocrinologist at SickKids.