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Understanding Your Child’s Diabetes Diagnosis

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Education and Resources for Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes

Learning your child has type 1 diabetes can be an overwhelming time for your family as you navigate materials and adjust to a new lifestyle. The first step in taking control of a diabetes diagnosis is seeking out reliable information from a reputable source.

Phoenix Children’s offers helpful resources to help your child and entire family feel confident with a new path forward, including:

  • Online diabetes support: This private Facebook group connects families and children with others diagnosed with diabetes to share experiences.
  • Illustrated videos: This series of fun, engaging and informative videos takes on common topics, like explaining what diabetes is and why it’s important to find and monitor your target blood sugar range. Watch a few or all 18 videos in the series.
  • Emily Center Health Library: Find books, videos and other resources as well as highly skilled nurses who can help you conduct individualized research.

You can also print out these helpful information sheets:

How to Find Reliable Diabetes Resources

The internet is crowded with information, articles and studies on countless topics – including how to best manage pediatric diabetes. Instead of offering answers and guidance, sometimes this information can provide conflicting evidence or questionable advice.

We urge you to verify information through multiple sources before proceeding with your approach to diabetes care.

Here are some reputable resources we recommend:

National advocacy groups

Books

  • Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin by Gary Scheiner
  • Sugar Surfing: How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World by Stephen W. Ponder and Kevin L. McMahon

Product manufacturers (can offer reliable information about their products)

  • Medtronic
  • DexCom
  • OneTouch
  • Tandem
  • Omnipod
  • Accucheck
  • FreeStyle
  • Bayer
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Eli Lilly
  • Sanofi

Your provider or diabetes educator can share additional resources that can help you on your journey. And, please, if you’re not sure about something you’ve read, talk to your child’s doctor or educator. We’ll help you find information you can trust.

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