On Juvenile Diabetes.
Even before you find out why your little one was affected by this silent killer, you have to prepare yourself mentally to fight the war, first with yourself and then assist the juvenile patient.
Acceptance: The hardest thing is for the family to accept the truth. When you know, it is really not an end all situation, or life long hopelessness, this is a very much curable, you as the guardian should not only accept reality gracefully but begin preparing to fight it. You take the initiative to mentally equip other family members to act in that manner to ensure the child is guided appropriately. There is immense strength in acceptance and preparation.
Boycott: You will have to make a conscious effort to take care of his nutritional needs. Boycott all those items, which the child cannot consume, particularly his favorite dishes and let other family members slightly alter their food preferences and intake at home. Being part of a daily diabetes plan – controlling eating habits is not easy and when the whole family exercises certain controls, it does not seem like control but a way of life.
You engage the whole family in meaningful and resourceful activities to keep stress levels down at home, He might feel ‘different’ from his cousins and friends for the extra care he is given or the things he is deprived – You can encourage and motivate the child that certain things are boycotted as it is part of a healthy life style, and not really just for a medical prescription or his physical state.
Checkup: It is advisable to have regular check up to ensure the sugar limits are well within control. Consult your doctor for the frequency of check up as that depends upon the condition of patient. If the child has to take insulin dozes, encourage the child enthusiastically about all the positive impact – that he will not feel thirsty or tired and exhausted or urinate frequently. Mark your calendar for those tests and record results so that the doctor can be apprised accordingly.
Diet: The child’s medication has to be properly balanced with the right diet and a daily physical activity plan. Instead of a strict and grueling regimen, constant vigilance which children are not comfortable with, address this issue with more maturity. Making healthy food choices, consume correct portions and avoid food that affects sugar levels. Do not overdo by scaring the child about severity of consequences if the food diet is not maintained – Just make food choices your family’s priority and the child will soon learn, it is not about just him, diet is the whole family’s key agenda.
Exercise: It is a Herculean task to expect a child wake up early, walk regularly, exercise and be physically active when the other family members do just the opposite. The surest way to support the plan and encourage the child is to be exercise together. However, if the sugar level is low, do not allow the child to exercise – consult a doctor and allow him to resume only when sugar level returns to normal.
Being optimistic, positive and encouraging goes a long way not just to handle but also overcome the crisis.