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Health Tip: Prepare a Diabetic Child for Insulin Shots

Health Tip: Prepare a Diabetic Child for Insulin Shots

05/02/11

(HealthDay News) -- For a child with diabetes, blood glucose checks or insulin shots can be major sources of anxiety, especially at the beginning. Parents and caregivers may be no less fearful and guilt-stricken.

The American Diabetes Association suggests how to help you and your child get through blood sugar checks and insulin shots:

  • Practice taking deep breaths, and letting them out slowly.
  • Tell your child a joke, or sing a favorite song during the shot.
  • Allow your child to play doctor and pretend to give you a shot first.
  • Ask your child to tell you about the favorite part of the day.
  • Prep the injection site with a kiss, and give another one when the shot is over.
  • Give the shot as quickly as possible.
  • Offer your child plenty of praise for being brave.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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