How Would You Explain Diabetes To A Child, Your Child or Grandchild ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-04-05 10:01:24 -0500
Started 2010-08-08 01:05:43 -0500

Children are naturally curious and full of questions.

When the subject of diabetes comes up, what do you do ?
How do you explain it ?
Or do you explain it ?

My purpose for asking is this, months ago I posted both a discussion and an article concerning children, diabetes and communication.

One member responded to my request to order an item (free of charge), that is designed just for the purpose of educating children on the subject of diabetes, and was very pleased with the package and it's contents upon receiving it.

I am suggesting once again that members here, contact this site and place a request for one of these educational kits for children with diabetes, (it's completely free).

If you know of a child who has diabetes, or a parent, grandparent, care giver (I donated mine to a daycare center for chronically ill children), order one and pass it on, help others to become aware of diabetes and the importance of the proper care and management of diabetes.

As diabetics, it's up to us to educate others on the subject of diabetes awareness !

Think about it.


7 replies

Cure us
Cure us 2011-04-04 23:06:24 -0500 Report

I am a "kid" and I have a hard time explaining it to my little cousins and kids in my class.

MAYS 2011-04-05 10:01:24 -0500 Report

Check out some of the animated videos on this site that explains diabetes, how it works and the complications associated with it, they may help, they are also very interesting!

monkeymama 2010-08-08 13:08:37 -0500 Report

Hello there Mays! I am currently teaching my older girls (ages 12 and soon to be 10) what diabetes is, how it effects us, and I am also training my girls in how to manage a medical emergency if one should arise when my husband (their dad) is not around. my middle daughter has been showing A LOT of interest and strength with this and learning. She is always right there asking me when i do not feel well what she can do. She also may have diabetes…as she is recently having to go through testing to find out what is going on with her. Even without this factor, their is that desire in her to know… I am a very strong speaker of my diabetes and I don't hide a thing behind it.

MAYS 2010-08-08 13:43:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding.
Please take the time to order the kit, this kit (in addition to being free), is very educational and informative for adults, caregivers and diabetic children (type 1 or 2), it's well worth the time and effort it takes to fill out the order form.


monkeymama 2010-08-08 17:23:39 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays! I just ordered one for our house and to help with Nicole (I am just hoping in one since it is not but hope we do find out what more is wrong with her). This kit looks awesome… Nicole is going to love this kit.

vgarrison 2010-08-08 11:18:01 -0500 Report


This is a good subject. I have been diabetic for about 2 years now, and my daughter is 4. She knows that mommy can't eat certain things and that I have to poke my finger and give myself shots, but she doesn't really understand why…

The best was once we were out to dinner and I checked my bs at the table (I am not a shy person) and there was another couple at a nearby table that was staring. My child did not miss a beat, she turned to look at them and said "she's just checking her blood sugar". They both turned red, I hope because they didn't realise they were staring, and turned away. My daughter just went back to coloring on the menu.

I am going to order this, because knowing that I have it makes her very curious and maybe it will help answer questions that either I don't know how to answer or didn't even think to talk about!!


MAYS 2010-08-08 12:12:06 -0500 Report

This kit (in addition to being free), is very educational and informative for adults, caregivers and diabetic children (type 1 or 2), it's well worth the time and effort it takes to fill out the order form.