By Julia'sMommy Latest Reply 2013-07-09 20:26:18 -0500
Started 2013-06-19 08:14:55 -0500

My 3 year old T1 has been diabetic for a year now, she had been doing so great with her shots but lately she has been getting very upset when it's time for her insulin. Anyone have any suggestions or advice? We have no other diabetics in the family so I can't even begin to imagine what she's been going through. I just want to make diabetes as easy on her as I can.

Also, if anyone knows of any good books or the like pertaining to emotional support for diabetic family members/children or anything geared towards young children, please let me know!

5 replies

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-09 20:26:18 -0500 Report

I would highly suggest getting her an insulin pump. You can get numbing creme(prescribed) and only have to change the set every three days instead of a million needles.
One thing that helped me as a child before I got a pump was I had a special 'diabetic' teddy bear. I would give him a shot and test his sugar before doing mine. It was right at her age I did this too.

Type1PastryChef 2013-06-20 00:52:12 -0500 Report

I would definitely talk to her doctor about a insulin pump. I didn't get diagnosed till my teens but had similar problems in the beginning. I held off getting a pump till my mid 20s, I deeply regret doing that! I'm a small framed women and the shots tend to hurt and leave bruises. The pump has changed my life completely for the better!! Much less pain involved, and cuz I only deal with the pump every three days I feel much more free and normal. I know there is a large age difference, but I'm telling you look into it, I wish I did as a kid!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-19 16:15:53 -0500 Report


It might be helpful to have a talk with your daughter's doctor or a diabetes educator about your daughter's emotional reactions to her shots, to alert them to this change in her behavior, and get some guidance.

One really useful book I have read and recomment is:

Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs, By Foster Cline and Lisa Greene.

Also something to think about: I know this has to be hard on you as a parent. I hope you are also getting emotional support. As you suggested in your post, when one family member is diagnosed, everybody in the family is affected by the diagnosis.

I hope you will stay in touch with us!


ShellyLargent 2013-06-19 12:10:37 -0500 Report

Has there been any talk from her doctors about an insulin pump? Being poked several times a day does suck… An insulin pump can be a lot easier on her (and you). There's only one actual "poke" every 3 days. There's still a lot of glucose testing, but to make sure that the pump does it's job properly, that's unavoidable.

Also, have you tried to ask her why she is getting upset? Are the shots painful to her? Does she have any siblings? Maybe she's just starting to grasp the concept that she has to do these things, but no one else in the family has to…