Your Child and Diabetes

When your child receives a diabetes diagnosis it can be an emotional time for you and your child. Your role as their primary caregiver is now more important than ever.


There is a lot of new information to take in and some changes will probably need to be made to your family’s routine. Whilst you are their primary carer today, as they grow up they will need to manage their condition themselves. Sometimes, they will be under the care of other adults – teachers and family members. It is important, however, to involve your child in the learning process and make decisions with them. Whilst it will be challenging at first, over time you will realise that your child can live a happy and healthy life with their diabetes.


Diabetes can be a difficult condition to understand at first, and your Paediatric Diabetes Team will support you as you learn and will provide you with the appropriate information based on your child’s individual needs and requirements.


We have prepared some general information about childhood diabetes and attached some resources: for example basic information about diabetes, advice on the school time, recommendations on how to take care of a newly diagnosed child at school, advice on special occasions, sport activities etc. that may be useful, but it is important that you always liaise with your Paediatric diabetes team with any questions you have regarding information and management specific to your child.









HSE Paediatric Diabetes Resource Pack


This family resource pack was developed jointly by Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists and Dietitians working in Irish Specialist services on behalf of the National Clinical Programme for Paediatric Diabetes.

The aim is to give you clear, concise advice on common scenarios as you begin learning about diabetes.



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Meeting the Care Needs of Primary School Children with Type 1 Diabetes during School Hours

This document outlines a framework for diabetes management of primary
school children during the school day which meets the requirements of quality diabetes management, but is also flexible enough to allow effective implementation at local level by school authorities.


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