Growing up with Diabetes

Developmental
Characteristics

Diabetes-related
Responsibilities

Things To Try

Lots of rapid developmental changes and inconsistent behavior

Trust is developing toward parent/caregiver(s)

Experiences sense of safety and trust from predictable routines

Starts to see themselves as own individuals

Begins to assert control

Depends on parent for diabetes management

Child can develop behavior problems (e.g., screaming, hitting, running) that delay diabetes management and take up a lot of time

Build routine around shots/ glucose checks, which may include planning something fun to do afterward

Offer some choice (e.g., prepare plastic bags with a serving of different foods from which child can choose)