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Children with Diabetes

Specialist advice and support for children with diabetes.

Children with Diabetes

About the service

Our nurses provide specialist advice and clinical support to children with diabetes, their families and their carers. We offer educational support and advice on all aspects of diabetes management, including insulin dose adjustment.

Following diagnosis our nurses will arrange a visit to your child’s school or playschool to offer teachers, and any support staff, advice and guidance on the management of diabetes at school.

We can also offer extra support to schools for trips away from home and support when planning family holidays abroad. 

Our nurses will continue to work with you and your family until your child is old enough and able to attend adult services.

Transition to adult services

This transition usually takes place when your child is aged between 16 and 19 years old, but will depend on individual requirements. Those with type 1 diabetes who have just transferred to the adult diabetes services should remain under regular review in specialist clinics in secondary care.

Local Support Groups

There are several well-established support groups locally, which allow families to network with other people in the area whose lives are affected by diabetes. Find out more here.

 

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Who is this service for?

All children with insulin dependent diabetes, type 2 diabetes and monogenic diabetes and children with impaired glucose tolerance.

If you are a healthcare professional and wish to refer a patient to the Children with Diabetes Service, please visit our New Referrals page

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Contact us

Locking Castle Medical Centre Highlands Lane Locking Castle Weston Super Mare North Somerset BS24 7DX

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Case studies

A child’s journey following the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes

This patient was only 10 months when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, her parents faced the difficult task of caring for a baby with insulin dependent diabetes – there are many challenges to be faced, injecting a baby with insulin and performing frequent blood glucose tests although essential is not easy. The insulin regimen had to be changed as the months progressed to obtain the fine balance between obtaining good glycaemic control and avoiding episodes of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia. It is particularly difficult to detect episodes of hypoglycaemia in young children, and these can occur suddenly, extreme vigilance is required by the parents to provide urgent treatment if a hospital attendance/admission is to be avoided.

She thrived and developed into a delightful toddler but it became obvious that insulin injection therapy was not flexible enough to meet the needs of a young child whose appetite was constantly changing, so at the age of 2 years insulin pump therapy was introduced which enabled the tiny doses of insulin she required to be given more effectively. This is a steep learning curve for the family, their greatest concern being that she would ‘take it off’ however this has been life changing for the family being able to adjust her insulin rates to accommodate diet and activity.

She started playschool at the age of 3 years and the paediatric diabetes specialist nurse provided intensive training for the playschool staff to enable them to manage the pump at playschool.

She has now started school and again intensive training was given to school staff to enable them to manage the pump in school, giving boluses for her carbohydrate snacks and meals and observing and treating hypoglycaemic attacks.

She attends the consultant diabetes clinic every three months for a review of her diabetes management and keeps regular contact with the paediatric diabetes team for help and support as required in-between.

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