Health Tip: Prepare a Diabetic Child for Insulin
(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
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
- Allow your child to play doctor and pretend to give you a shot
- Ask your child to tell you about the favorite part of the
- 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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