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RE: [IPk] Re: explaining diabetes to children

Sammy Hi,

I got some information booklets and a video from JDRF Midlands. The books
and video are
Aimed at young children with Diabetes. But I used these resources to explain
to my children.

The books/video are very good-and they sent them out FOC

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-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf
Of Diana Maynard
Sent: 14 July 2011 00:17
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IPk] Re: explaining diabetes to children

Hi Sammy
No big deal, I doubt very much you'll scare any of the children!
Just tell them you have an illness called diabetes (and you can bet half of
them will have a friend or relative with it) and you have to check your
blood sugar levels every few hours to make sure you have the right amount of
insulin in your body. Then depending on their questions you can ask further
or not.

You can even make it into a game when you test: "guess what my blood sugar
is" and tell them it will be a number within a certain range (e.g. 
2-20). I play that game with my softball team frequently when we're on tour
- the person who guesses nearest the actual result wins a prize of a sweet
or something stupid! They get incredibly competitive about it and are always
asking me to test so they can play the game! This won't apply so much to
your kids, but it's great with my team because they all take an interest and
actually learn a lot - once they get used to the game they start quizzing me
about what I ate or drank recently and how much I've been running around and
what my last reading was and so on, before they make a guess as to the

On 13/07/2011 18:33, email @ redacted wrote:

> Hi,
>   I'm working in a school at the moment and starting teacher training 
> in September
 > and realised today, whilst checking my sugars and being questioned by a 6
year  > old, that I still haven't found a good way of explaining to a young
child what
> diabetes is.
> I want to be able to explain what it is properly and say why I have to 
> make
 > myself bleed sometimes without scaring them which is what I'm always
> I'm going to do. I've managed to explain it to my nephew who's 3, but 
> he's at the sort of age where I can just say it's to stop me being 
> poorly and then
 > distract him by letting him press the button on the finger pricker, but
> no way I'm letting 30 kids stab me! (ouch!) I'm sure there's plenty of 
> you who've had to explain it to children at some
 > point so if you have any tips/found a really good way of explaining it
then I'd
> really appreciate the help.
> Thanks
> Sammy
> .
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