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By 7 DAY PEDIATRICS
April 03, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Children   Type 1 Diabetes  

Diabetes can be a frightening and overwhelming diagnosis for anyone, but the condition can be especially frightening for young children who may not fully understand the condition or its ramifications.

Since type 1 diabetes is a condition that isn't likely to go away anytime soon, you'll have to find ways to help yourself and your child deal with the new diagnosis. Here are the first four steps you should take.

1. Help Your Child Understand the Disease

Unless your child has a relative or friend who also suffers from type 1 diabetes, he or she probably doesn't really understand what it is. Do some research together and explain everything in kid­-friendly terms as much as possible. Find out what questions your child has, and answer them to the best of your ability.

2. Help Your Child Recognize the Warning Signs to Watch Out For

Diabetes can be dangerous, especially when it is not treated in a timely fashion. Teach your child the signs of high and low blood sugar that he or she needs to watch out for. Common symptoms include extreme thirst, tiredness, sudden vision changes, constant hunger and frequent urination.

3. Teach Your Child How to Perform Routine Care Procedures

With type 1 diabetes, proper care is crucial, even during those times when you cannot be around. Teach your child how to take or inject insulin, how to eat a healthy diet and how to get the right amount of exercise. This will help keep him or her safe when you're not around.

4. Address the Social Aspect as Well

Lastly, don't neglect to address the social aspect of diabetes as well. Children may feel left out, sad, different or in trouble because they have a condition the rest of their friends don't have. Address your child's fears and concerns in a friendly and truthful way. Your child will pick up on the clues you send more than you know.

Type 1 diabetes can be frightening and overwhelming at first, but you don't have to let it take over your lives. These four action steps will get you started on the path to success!

By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 12, 2017
Category: Safety
Tags: Children   Poisons  

Young children explore the world by putting things in their mouth.  For this reason, more than one million children under the age of six are victims of accidental poisoning each year.  To help protect and keep your child safe, your pediatrician in Edison offers advice for identifying and locking up toxic materials, and knowing what to do if he or she touches, inhales, or swallows something poisonous.

Common Examples

Medicines: Vitamins and minerals, cold medicine, allergy and asthma medicine, ibuprofen, acetaminophen

Household Products: moth balls, furniture polish, drain cleaners, weed killers, insect or rat poisons, lye, pant thinners, dishwasher detergent, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, gasoline, kerosene, lamp oil

How to Poison Proof Your Home

  • To maintain a healthy, safe home, your Edison pediatrician offers these safety rules:
  • Keep harmful products locked up and out of the reach of your child
  • Use safety latches or locks to keep drawers and cabinets closed tight
  • Take care during stressful times
  • Never refer to any type of medicine as candy
  • Don’t rely on child-resistant containers
  • Never leave alcohol within the reach of your child
  • Call the Poison Help Line at (800) 222-1222 or your pediatrician in Edison if your child swallows a substance that is not food
  • Keep products in their original containers, as to not confuse your child
  • Read labels before using any product
  • Always keep a watchful eye on your child
  • Check your home for old medications and dispose of them properly
  • Move purses, luggage, and grocery bags away from prying hands

Talk to Dr. Nimisha Shukla today for more information on how to properly poison proof your home.  Each extra measure taken is important to protecting your child from harm in your home.