Early Adolescence (11 to 14 years old)
Children in early adolescence are on the threshold of profound changes and are characterized by:
- Erratic growth which affects insulin requirements
- Glucose control may be erratic in spite of everyone's best efforts
- Concerned about body image
- Greatly influenced by friends
- May challenge authority
- Development of self-esteem
- Beginning to understand abstract concepts
Your goals for helping your early adolescent with his diabetes management should be:
- Incorporate hectic lifestyle into the diabetes plan
- Begin to work on problem solving skills
- Discuss treatment options (Multiple Daily Injections [MDI], the pump and meal planning)
- Allow independent visits with the health care team
- Include sex education as part of diabetes education
- Monitor school attendance and performance
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Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:50
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