Diabetic toddler

By Brads_mom24 Latest Reply 2011-05-27 15:27:41 -0500
Started 2011-05-26 16:45:10 -0500

My 3 year old step son has been diabetic since he was a yr old but he is getting more moody n emotional as he grows ne advice on how to help him?

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AuntieM234 2011-05-27 15:21:18 -0500 Report

I, too, agree that discipline is vital in the care of any child; however, please be sure to follow dietcherry's advice regarding checking the child's blood sugar levels. Performing the test prior to applying any punishment techniques is the appropriate action to help determine whether the child's moodiness is because of discomfort or just acting out. I am a 69 years of age Grandmother with Type 2 diabetes. One of the symptoms I experience with fluctuating blood sugar levels (both too low and too high) is intense pain. It feels like my nerve endings are on fire, which can make me moody. I have to try to be sure to check my BS levels often and always be aware of how I am feeling. That way, I can be successful in keeping my moods balanced for my Grandchildren and others who may be in my presence. Just imagine how it would be for a child to receive punishment for their moodiness when the mood is caused by the discomfort they are feeling. I'm just sayin … Kudos to you, though, for how you are making such a great effort to learn the proper care for a diabetic child. ;-)

dietcherry 2011-05-27 14:44:47 -0500 Report

Are the moods a result of fluctuating blood sugar or just the normal growing pains? If you arent sure, you need to start checking his BS at these times to see if it is in fact low or high. Lots of us become moody or overly emotional when we go to one extreme or the other.

Jes P
Jes P 2011-05-27 14:05:22 -0500 Report

Have been a Diabetic kid at one time in my life. As he gets it will gets older and starts really realizing that he can't eat the same things as others he will act out. I did, but things are some much better in today's world than when I was a kid. More support. More choices. More knowledge. What ever you do be strict with this so it become second nature to him. He will help him later in life and help him to deal easier with it. My mom and dad where not as strict on me as they should have been. And kind of let me get away with somethings more often than none. It didn't help me in the long run. It just want things I couldn't have more. Which is my problem now. I might think your being mean but YOU ARE NOT. Put him on a routine if you haven't all ready. I know it would have help me a great deal. Taking care of his diabetes is something he will always have to do but he can live full life with all it as to offer. Like jaybee54 says just my 2 cents.
Good luck

jayabee52 2011-05-26 18:47:39 -0500 Report

From having raised 3 sons of my own (28, 26, 22), I can attest that that age can be very moody and emotional without the challenges of diabetes. Add Diabetes to the mix, and the result is unpredictable.

My sons were not diabetic, but my ex and I were quite stict with them.

They learned early on that negative behaviors on their part had negative consequences for them, yet at the same time, after being punished we hugged them and let them know with words and actions that we love them, even though they may have messed up. We made clear rules, and we followed through consistently when those rules were broken.

IMO if a child is acting out because of challenges resulting from diabetes, I think that behavior does need to be addressed. I don't think you can give a diabetic child a free pass on negative behaviors. Otherwise the child will learn that they can pull out the "Diabetes card" to get out of "jail" free.

Just my 2ยข FWIW.

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