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How has diabetes affected your children who do not have it?


Adjusted well; support their brother/sister with diabetes






Adjusted; but not supportive






Not adjusted, somewhat distant






Poorly adjusted; resentful of attention given to child with diabetes












Total votes: 351


How has diabetes affected your children who do not have it?

Poll dates: August 7 - 14, 2005
Total Votes: 351

We all know that having a child with diabetes affects the entire family. Diabetes care often comes first, meals are adjusted to meet dietary guidelines, and schedules have to be designed with diabetes care in mind. Kids with diabetes come to understand the need for this, because they have diabetes. But what about their brothers and sisters?

Just about three-quarters (73%) of our families report that the siblings without diabetes have adjusted well to the changes required by diabetes care and are supportive of the child who has diabetes. That's very good news, and shows how resilient all kids are to the needs of diabetes.

About one in twenty -- 6% -- report problems, however, noting that a sibling (or siblings) has not adjusted to the needs of diabetes care or is resentful of the additional attention given to the child with diabetes. Families facing this situation can work with their diabetes team to help everyone in the family understand the needs of caring for diabetes. Additional help can often be found from the team's psychologist or social worker, who will have experience helping brothers and sisters.

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Last Updated: Sunday August 14, 2005 14:23:38
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