Children and teenagers can manage their diabetes well and live happy, normal lives 

Until recently almost all children and teenagers with diabetes had type 1, but now younger people are getting type 2 diabetes due to increasing overweight and obesity.

Children or teenagers who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes may struggle with their emotional reactions to their condition and the reactions of others, and have concerns about going back to school. Teenagers with diabetes may also worry about things like negotiating sex, drinking alcohol, smoking and illicit drugs.

A child and their family will need a period of adjustment after diabetes is diagnosed. They must establish a routine for blood glucose monitoring and injecting, learn how to count carbohydrates, see diabetes health professionals regularly and cope with fluctuating blood glucose levels. New challenges may arise as a child moves through different life stages. 

Many parents are understandably concerned when their child starts or returns to school after being diagnosed with diabetes. However, schools are responsible for children’s safety while at school, and will ensure that teachers understand diabetes and its potential harms. Parents must make sure that the school is given the information and resources they need to support their child’s management of diabetes during school hours. 

Speak to your child's GP about a diabetes management plan 

Diabetes Awareness 2
Ref: Better Health Channel & Diabetes Australia