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From Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA:

My 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3 and 1/2. She is on a constant carb diet. She is very picky in what she will eat. She experiences many lows (below 40) and many highs (above 400) due to her lack of eating. Any suggestions on how to get her to eat more or is there another diet control method?


Children the age of your daughter are sometimes very difficult to control, especially when you are talking about a meal plan. Sporadic activity and eating habits can make this a big challenge. I am hoping that you are working with a dietitian who works with children with diabetes who you can contact for some specifics. In the meantime a book called Sweet Kids: How to Balance Diabetes Control & Good Nutrition with Family Peace by Betty Brackenridge & Richard Rubin may give you some help in coping with the daily challenges of feeding a toddler. Something to keep in mind is that if your child is growing at a consistent rate and gaining weight appropriately, something is going right. Perfect blood sugars in this age child are seldom seen by those of us who work with children.


Additional comments from The Editor:

You may wish to consider giving her insulin after she eats and adjusting the dosage based on how much food she has eaten. Your diabetes team can help you work out the dosages.


Original posting 3 Oct 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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