Infants (0 to 2 years old)
Infancy is characterized by:
- Very rapid growth
- Continuing brain development
- Trusting relationships with the parents
- Erratic eating habits (food can become a power struggle)
- Erratic sleep patterns
For managing your infant's diabetes, your goals should be:
- Have a blood sugar target of 100 to 200 mg/dL (5.56 to 11.11 mmol/L)
- Adjust insulin program around eating patterns
- Use small lancets for fingerstick blood tests
- Use an Inject-Ease and Emla cream to help minimize the fear and pain of injections
- Have materials ready before blood tests and injections to minimize stress
- Don't do blood tests or injections in the child's bed (keep the bed a "safe" place)
- Use play as a teaching tool (Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes can help)
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Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:50
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