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Question:

From Tempe, Arizona, USA:

We have a six year old grandson who has Type 1 diabetes which was diagnosed at the age of two. What is the typical age at which a child can

  1. give himself blood tests;
  2. give himself pre-loaded insulin shots;
  3. prepare the hypodermic syringe with two kinds of insulin?

Answer:

Different kids can do things at different ages. Many six-year-olds can do all of these, with supervision. Start by getting him to help slowly, such as picking and cleaning skin sites, getting the equipment ready, etc. The key is don't push, but don't hold him back because of his age if he wants to help.

SS

[Editor's comment: Camp for kids with diabetes is a great place to help kids learn to do their own blood tests and insulin injections. JSH]

Original posting 9 Sep 97

  
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