10 Things To Do After A Child's Diagnosis
Diabetic Living Australia|July-August 2021
Protect their long-term health with our tips to navigate those overwhelming early days of diabetes

1 TAKE A DEEP BREATH

Day One is like “being told to jump out of a plane while someone hands you a parachute and instructions,” says Karen Poteat, whose daughter has type 1 diabetes. “Read fast. Don’t worry—you’ll be fine.” It’s a lot at first, but diabetes management will become routine.

2 ASSEMBLE A CARE TEAM

A certified diabetes educator is indispensable after diagnosis, and you’ll continue to work with your pediatrician, an endocrinologist, a dietitian, and an ophthalmologist. A counsellor or social worker can help the whole family adjust.

3 MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

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