Pre-school (4 to 5 years old)
Pre-school children are characterized by:
- Peer issues begin to emerge
- Can understand rules
- Can do more self-care, including blood tests under parental supervision
- Eating behavior is less erratic
- Very energetic, so hypoglycemia can be a problem
- Regular sleep patterns
Your goals for managing your pre-schooler's diabetes should be:
- Have a blood sugar target of 100 to 200 mg/dL (5.56 to 11.11 mmol/L)
- Allow child to do own blood sugar checks and push the plunger on the syringe
- Use reward systems to help with compliance, such as sticker charts
- Avoid labeling blood sugar test results as good or bad
- Help child identify feelings of low blood sugar
- Involve child in meal plan decisions
- Use stories, and books and games 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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