How To Explain Diabetes To Your Kid

Nothing in the world could practically bind the innocence of a child when he breaks a toy and feels happy or feels scared of an ant. Just as your child is in the process of discovering the abundant larger than life joys of innocent childhood you find him confined to this potentially lifelong disease -Diabetes. It could be frightening for a child and overwhelming for a parent.

Even normally, parents find it a challenging endeavor to raise children in today”s society. They are often unsure how best to raise their child into an emotionally and physically healthy person. Diabetes will only make their job thrice as difficult when their child realizes that he is different to his friends or even siblings.

Diabetes, like all chronic illnesses impacts all the aspects of a person”s life, even more so in childhood. An adult may use his reasoning to adjust accordingly with Diabetes but for a child it is difficult. As parents, you will have an important role to play in your child”s life. Its your responsibility to help your child lead a life normal as possible.

Infants and toddlers would be too young to understand what”s going on but as your child grows he will have plenty of questions that will begin with the word “Why”. This is where the significance of communicating the right way will come. You will have to let your child know what is wrong with him and how he can cope with it.

When your child is in the pre-school age, he would be curious to know why he is given a shot in his stomach twice everyday. You will have to tell him in a language that he understands that he is different from all the other kids because he has diabetes. And you are simply treating the disease. It is also important to let your child know that he is not at fault when he has diabetes.

Your task of communicating about the disease may get easier or more difficult depending upon the rapport and understanding you share with your child. As your child grows up from the pre-school age, you can talk to him more clearly about diabetes. Be careful not to scare him with the long term complications of diabetes. It will be difficult for the child to resist the temptation of cookies and candies that other kids indulge in.

You should not just tell your child not to eat them, you should explain why. You should explain why you keep checking his blood sugar levels, why you give him a shot in his stomach and what will happen if he eats unhealthy food like candies and jellies. Make sure you give explanations that appeal to their sense of reasoning. As they grow up they will start monitoring their blood sugars and self-administer insulin. This will make them more aware and conscious of their health.

When your child enters teenage, you should not only be honest but also sensitive and supportive. This is the age when children can get really frustrated and rebellious. The other teenagers around them may start behaving like adults and your child will also want independence that way. You should be careful that you don”t treat him like a child with all your concerns about his health. Your concern and his diabetes may well become battlegrounds at this time.
If you don”t want that happening, be your child”s friend not his parent. Make your child feel that you are a team and your focus is to achieve better health for him. You should make him feel that diabetes is not their fault and that it is not an embarrassment they have to hide. They can deal with it and lead a happy life.
Teenage is an age for experimentation, if you anticipate your child”s teenage temptations for smoking and alcohol, you should calmly, honestly explain to him their implications as diabetic disasters.

Its all about making the child realize that he is responsible for his own well-being, of course parents are concerned but they wont be able to do as good as he can, on his own. Once the child gets that sense of responsibility, you can take a sigh of relief.

Till then, effective communication is the key.