By karen7070 Latest Reply 2010-01-05 13:40:21 -0600
Started 2009-12-19 18:33:16 -0600

My nephew Nick who is just 3 was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Insulin dependent 4 times a day, must check blood sugar many times daily. What can this poor kid eat?

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momma-rae 2010-01-05 13:37:02 -0600 Report

He can eat anything he wants!!!! trust me my daughter was 3 when she was diagnosted and I understand the fears there, "what about birthdays" "Holidays" her favoriate meal" what was I to do. YES there is foods that are better for him that will help keep his suger regular but he can eat anything you just adjust his insulin to what it is. Yes it is trial and error to see how he will react. But guess what once you figure it out he will have a growth spurt and it starts all over again, The ony thing that we have learned to try to avoid is Pizza it can cause highs an lows that are out of control but I have learned how to manage that also. The biggest thing is let him be a kid or he will learn to hate Diabetes and not enbarce it. Good luck

momma-rae 2010-01-05 13:40:21 -0600 Report

Also I would recommend a pump as soon as possible. WIth kids minds changing and wanting more and all I have found a pump so much easier. My daughter was eating 3 times a day snacking 3 times a day and got her long term 2 time so some days she received as many as 10-12 shots, wanting seconds, wanting more, or an extra snack here and there now with a pump she gets a new site every three days and if she wants she can eat 20 time a day with no more pokes other then to check her suger.

SeansMom 2009-12-31 09:40:13 -0600 Report

Your nephew's family needs to reach out to their local JDRF chapter to see if they have an outreach program. There they will meet other parents going through or have been though this. They become a family that understands exactly how you feel and give helpful tips.

My son was diagnosed 14 years ago at age 5. Things were a bit different then with the slow acting insulin and larger needles. I formed a support group for parents and learned so much from everyone involved. It is hard and I know no one wants to hear this but it does get a bit easier. You get into a routine. My heart goes out to all the children having to deal with this disease. My son's school and friends were supportive, it was the family that does not understand. They just think that you can't eat anything, not the case. He still has cake and a small amount of candy.
Good luck to your family, and again have them reach out through JDRF, ADA or their doctor's office to see what programs are available to them. It was a sanity saver for me!

hbkunkel 2009-12-20 06:17:47 -0600 Report

Good discussion so far. I would also recommend a nutrionist but I would also do research on the glycemix index and give him food on the low side so he gets used to it. He can't really tell you what he needs or wants other than "I don't feel good". What they also need to do it is find a support group t0 help them out. Hopefully as he gets older he can go to diabetic camps to be with other diabetics and learn how to best live with it. Don't forget he is small enough now now to realize some of the things he would be missing eating and can be trained to eat healthier.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-20 08:37:59 -0600 Report

I agree a good nutritionist will get the job started on the right track. I hate when things like this affect our little angels that are soo young. But it will be okay with a little help and guidance too.

Deb-G 2009-12-19 18:49:56 -0600 Report

Awe :(

Its so tough when they are so small…They should work out a good diet plan for him…best to work with a good nutritionalist so he can maximize the food in his life :)

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-12-19 20:00:47 -0600 Report

Y^ou should haveyour Dr. referr you to a diabetic instructor and neutritionist.
They will be a good source of information. Dan

dietcherry 2009-12-19 21:28:56 -0600 Report

Bless his little heart! Yes, a dietician will work him up a meal plan and will teach the parents about exchange lists.

2009-12-19 18:39:31 -0600 Report

very sorry to hear that, i am not sure about diets for toddlers but low carb diet works well for me. stay away from high carb foods like potatoes, carrots