Diabetes Education for Pediatrics
What to Expect During your Child’s Initial Admission for Diabetes
Our goal is to prepare you to care for your child when you leave the hospital.
- Parents need to remain at the bedside so you can actively participate in all education sessions. At least one parent must be present at each meal. You will learn how to test glucose and give insulin.
- Call room service to order your child’s meal at least one hour before mealtime. We suggest you call for breakfast before 7 a.m., lunch by 11 a.m. and dinner by 4 p.m. This allows your nurses to prepare for a blood sugar test and an insulin shot before the meal.
- Children will participate with education based on their readiness and developmental age.
- If you are caring for other children, arrange for someone to care for them during hospitalization if possible. This will allow for more focused teaching moments.
Prior to Discharge, the Following Diabetes Care Skills Need to be Demonstrated.
- Know when and how to test blood sugar
- Count carbohydrates before meals
- Calculate insulin dose
- Give insulin shot
- Verbalize when and how to check ketones
- Verbalize how to treat a low glucose
- Know when and how to give emergency glucagon
You will receive more education at your first outpatient clinic visit.