babies with diabetes?

By KitKatt93 Latest Reply 2010-04-05 04:19:02 -0500
Started 2010-04-04 01:01:45 -0500

Is there anything on here please about babies with diabetes? My sister is one and I don't know if that is different than older people with diabetes.

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Crashnot 2010-04-04 18:01:42 -0500 Report

I was a baby with diabetes when I was 11 months old. No idea how that would compare with being an older child since that's always been what I am. But I do know that it requires a lot of resourcefulness for the parents. An infant cannot express themselves like an older child can, so it will be harder to tell if their sugar is running higher or lower. The slurred speech, uncoordination and crankiness won't clue them in as they can't talk, are uncoordinated already, and can be cranky for basic baby reasons.

A continuous glucose monitor would be a huge help for your parents, but their cost is pretty steep unless the doctor can convince their insurance company to cover it. And of course keeping her on a very strict schedule of when she eats, how many carbs, what kind of carbs and then make a note of how active she is. Physical activity and the act of growing use a lot of carbs, so my guess is she'll have low sugars more often then high sugars.

Sorry I can't provide a good guidebook for you, but they should try and find a diabetes specialty clinic (we had to drive four hours when I was growing up and it was worth it) where they can get feedback from people who deal with this situation every day.

KitKatt93 2010-04-04 23:21:25 -0500 Report

Crashnot, thank you. I write her blood sugars but now what she eats my mom didnt tell me to, but I see why I should. She wakes up early with me and eats breakfast the same time but later on weekend because I don't wake her up and I feed her dinner at 6 every night but I dont know what she eats in the afternoon when I'm in school. Her blood doesn't get that high but she has some to low. Thank you for your advice.


MAYS 2010-04-04 13:06:42 -0500 Report

Diabetes in a child is the same as diabetes in an adult.
What is much more important is this, a diabetic baby \ child is still growing, as in the case of your sister, and their bodies as well as their immune system is still developing.
It is very important to be very careful and observant to be on the lookout for changes in the child that may indicate that something is wrong, changes in behavior, attitude, complexion, body temperature can indicate things such as sickness, allergic reaction, infections etc.

You need a general understanding of diabetes, what it is, what it does and what you can do concerning it.

Please be very careful and protective of your baby sister, she cannot do for, or take care of herself, inform and\ or discuss anything that you may see or hear with your parents, no matter how small you may think that it is, everything is important !


You may be interested in viewing these videos (click on the links) :

And this website :

KitKatt93 2010-04-04 23:17:35 -0500 Report

Hello Mays, I do everything I can for her I even let her sleep in my bed or I sleep on the floor in her room. Right now she sleeping next to me on my bed. I get scared with her because anything bad can happen so I don't sleep many hours. I watched the videos. I cried with Jaxsons video. The two helped me thanks you.


MAYS 2010-04-05 04:19:02 -0500 Report


You are going to be and do just fine.
Your heart and mind are both in the right place, your baby sister is blessed to have someone like you in her life watching over her, continue to do so, you are such a true inspiration to all !


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