Toddlers (2 to 3 years old)
As children grow from infancy to toddlerhood, they:
- Can participate in some self-care
- Look for parental approval while they test their limits
- Show decreased appetite and picky eating habits (easily distracted from eating)
- Begin to show more regular sleep patterns
For your toddler, your goals for managing your child's diabetes should be:
- Have a blood sugar target of 100 to 200 mg/dL (5.56 to 11.11 mmol/L)
- Align foods in blocks of time
- Limit choices for food, injection sites, and blood test times to minimize stress
- Have child help with blood tests and injections, perhaps by placing the test strip in the blood glucose meter or the lancet in the lancing device
- Have materials ready before blood tests and injections to minimize stress
- Use stories, and books and games as a teaching tool (Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes can help)
Infants | Toddlers | Pre-school | School Age | Early Adolescence | Adolescence
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:50
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