Watch these animations to learn about diabetes and how to manage it.
Lots of great stories for you to read by yourself or with a friend.
Have fun while playing games that teach you about diabetes.
Colouring in is fun. Make a cool picture to give to your family or friends.
We answer lots of questions about diabetes and what it means to you.
There are lots of things you need to know about diabetes. This is a list of some of the most common questions that kids ask us. But, don’t worry if you can’t find the answers you need here, just email us your question and we will send you back an answer.
However soon they will get used to this and not even notice or pay attention. Answering questions honestly is the easiest way to handle your friend’s curiosity and may even reduce anxiety.
If you are not sure about some of the foods talk to your diabetes team about some other options. You could also get mum or dad to take some food for you.
It’s a good idea to practice looking after your own diabetes when you are home with mum or dad, such as blood glucose testing and injecting your own insulin or bolus in your pump. You can also get mum or dad to contact the other parents so they can talk about what you will need at the sleepover, such as food choices, snack times and hypo treatment.
It may take some ‘day play dates’ first before you feel comfortable to sleepover.
Callous and black dots can be caused by blunt needles and not rotating your fingers enough when testing. Some important tips to prevent damage include:
Healthy feet are very important when you have diabetes. Your doctor or diabetes clinic will tell you when to have your feet checked but a good guide is; when you turn 9yrs old and have had diabetes for 5yrs or, if you are 11yrs old or over and have had diabetes for 2yrs.
Things you can do at home to look after your feet:
This can be caused by being nervous or excited or doing hard exercise like sprinting.
Your blood glucose levels will come down after you finish playing sport but it may take a while so you should test regularly after you exercise (check every 2hrs to make sure your BGL is coming down).
If you do exercise when you are sick, your blood glucose levels will probably go high. If your blood glucose levels are higher than 15mmol/L or you have ketones you shouldn’t play sport or exercise.
It is best to place your pump in a cooler bag when it has been disconnected so the insulin doesn’t sit out in the hot sun.
You can disconnect your pump for 60 minutes whilst you are swimming however regular testing is recommended.
Try and keep your blood glucose levels above 7mmol/L and no higher than 10mmol/L before commencing any exercise like swimming.
It is important to be prepared and here is a list that might help you: