To say that there is just one age at which a child learns how to take care of type 1 diabetes is like saying that there is one age when a child learns math. It seems to be a gradual process, one that is unique to each person. Some children learn to read, write and tie their shoes well before they enter kindergarten, while other kids struggle with these things well into first grade or after. Gaining independence with diabetes care is also a very individualized process, but I have found that there are several major milestones to work toward.
There are many other things to learn, like how to handle emergencies or low blood sugar episodes, site changes, and proper ways to care for insulin and supplies, etc. However, this list of major milestones is a great start for us to begin to work toward.
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.
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