Managing Diabetes in Children (Video series)

Diabetes in children (9 of 9): Exercise & Nutrition

This is the last video of our diabetes series. In this video, you will learn about nutrition, exercising and carb counting. The video answers the following questions:  What are carbohydrates? How many grams of carbohydrates does your child need? What foods have carbohydrates? How do you count carbohydrates? This video also provides recommendations and ideas on “free food” snacks for your child.

Diabetes in children (8 of 9): Managing diabetes in school

This is the eighth video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn how to manage your child’s diabetes at school, during sick days and when your child exercises. The video answers the following questions: What is a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP)? What to include in your child’s diabetes kit for school? What are the signs and symptoms that would require immediate attention when the child is sick? This video also provides tips on how to avoid low blood sugar when exercising, as well as a demonstration on how to put together a diabetes kit for school.

Diabetes in children (7 of 9): Diabetes emergency

This is the seventh video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn about the two types of diabetic emergencies, severe hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis. The video answers the following questions: What is severe hypoglycemia? How is a low blood glucose emergency treated? What is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)? What causes DKA, what are the common signs and symptoms of DKA, What to do during a diabetic emergency? When to call 911 (Emergency)? In this video, we also demonstrate how to use the glucagon injection.

Diabetes in children (6 of 9): What is hypoglycemia?

This is the sixth video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn about hypoglycemia. The video answers the following questions: What is hypoglycemia? What causes it? What are the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar? How is hypoglycemia treated? What types of snacks can you give your child that are fast acting carbohydrates?

Diabetes in children (5 of 9): What are hyperglycemia and ketones?

This is the fifth video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn about hyperglycemia. The video answers the following questions: What is hyperglycemia? What causes it? What are the signs and symptoms of high blood sugar? How is hyperglycemia treated? When do you need to call the doctor? In addition, the video explains what ketones are. When do you need to check your child’s ketones in the urine? What do you do when there are ketones in the urine? In this video, you will find a demonstration on how to test your child’s urine for ketones.

Diabetes in children (4 of 9): How does insulin work?

This is the fourth video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn about insulin. The video answers the following questions: What is insulin and how does it work in our body? What is the difference between the different types of insulin? (Rapid Acting, Short Acting, Intermediate, Long Acting). How often does your child need to take insulin? This video also demonstrates how to deliver insulin using the syringe and vial method as well as the Insulin Pen method.

Diabetes in children (3 of 9): Blood glucose monitoring

This is the third video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn how to monitor your child’s blood glucose. The video answers the following questions: How do you keep track of your child’s blood sugar? What is too high or too low blood glucose? Why is it so important to check your child’s blood sugar at bedtime? What is a Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)? This video also demonstrates how to check your child’s blood sugar using a glucometer and provides tips on snacks, and how to keep a blood sugar log.

Diabetes in children (2 of 9): What is diabetes?

This is the second video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will learn what diabetes is and the role of glucose and insulin in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The video also answers the following questions: What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes? What causes it? What are the treatments for type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes in children (1 of 9): Your child’s diabetes team

This is the first video of our diabetes series, "Taking charge of our child's diabetes." In this video, you will meet your child’s diabetes team.  Diabetes calls for a team effort. Our team of healthcare providers will provide you with the best care and information for you to tackle your child’s diabetes. Every healthcare team needs a leader. In this case, that is you. You are the one that has the most control over your child’s diabetes, the one who really is in charge. Your health care team depends on you to talk to them honestly and to tell them how your child feels. Your diabetes team includes: doctor (endocrinologists), nurse practitioner, diabetes educator, nurses, dietitian, social worker, child life specialist, and psychology service.