The key to successful diabetes treatment is when a child, his or her family, a doctor, and a diabetes educator work as a team.
- A diabetes team consists of a physician trained in care of children with diabetes, a diabetes educator and a social worker.
- Physician: teaching insulin Injection to child
- Diabetes Educator: teaching children about diabetes
- Social worker: helping a mother and a child with blood sugar charting
Your doctor is in charge of all medical aspects of your diabetes. This includes:
- Educating you and your family about diabetes, insulin and diet.
- Adjusting your insulin dose based on your blood sugar tests.
- Monitoring your growth and development.
- Watching for complications of diabetes.
- Being available by phone for emergencies and advice on your insulin dose and blood sugar levels.
- A nurse and a diabetes educator will teach you how to administer your insulin injections, take your blood tests and how to keep good records of your blood sugar levels and when to call the doctor.
Foot care for PWD
- People with diabetes have to take special care of their feet. Diabetes leads to decreased circulation of blood in the feet and high blood sugar impedes wound- healing in the feet. Nerves of the feet are also adversely affected and detection of any foot-wound may get delayed.
- Check feet for blisters, cuts or sores, redness or swelling. Tell your doctor right away if you find something wrong
- Wash feet daily with lukewarm water and soap
- Cut your nails carefully; do not use scissors
- Dry feet well, especially between the toes
- Keep the skin soft with a moisturizing lotion, but do not apply it between the toes
- Wear clean, soft socks. Keep feet warm and dry
- Wear shoes made for diabetics
- Never walk barefoot indoors or outdoors
- Examine your shoes every day for cracks, pebbles, nails or anything that could hurt your feet
Information and images from www.penpalsunited.org are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE. You can access the book here: http://manavseva.org/downloads/book-english.pdf .
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