There is no special “diabetic diet” for children with diabetes, despite what many people think.

A child with diabetes in your care should be encouraged to have the same healthy food choices as recommended for all children.

Regular meals and snacks containing carbohydrate (eg. fruit and fruit juice, breads and cereals, milk and yoghurt, pasta, rice, potatoes, biscuits) may need to be included every 2-3 hours depending on the child’s insulin plan.

Children with diabetes should also be included in parties and special occasions when in care. Parents should be alerted to any activities outside the normal routine that may affect food intake, meal times etc. It’s a good idea to discuss the child’s individual needs with the parents.

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