Babies and Toddlers – With or Without Diabetes

There are a number of behaviours and stages that any child goes through regardless of whether or not they have diabetes. It is important as a parent to understand these behaviours as well as how they may impact on your child’s diabetes.


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At this age your child is completely dependent on you for all care. For the first six months your child likes a regular routine built around feeding and sleeping.

Your child’s senses are very important – touching, smelling and feeling.

Your child’s physical self is all important at this stage, with self-comfort being the main focus. For example, a wet or dirty nappy will produce tears, as does being left alone when company would be more preferable.

From about 2 to 4 months of age, smiles and gurgles will reward you for your efforts with sounds and movement providing increasing pleasure.

From 6 to 10 months of age your child responds to different facial gestures, speech and interactive behaviour.

From 9 to 12 months of age your child develops more control around anger and dissatisfaction, beginning to copy behaviour and emotions. Actions become deliberate rather than reflex. For example, a cry from your child gets you to run.

Socialising has begun.

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