Type 1 diabetes means your body can’t produce enough insulin. It’s a lifelong condition and, if untreated, it can cause very serious health problems.
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The main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are excessive thirst, frequent urination, extreme tiredness and weight loss. If your child has one or more of these symptoms, go to your GP immediately.
If your child has Type 1 diabetes they’ll need to take insulin every day. Insulin injections are given using a syringe, pen device or via an insulin pump.
If your child has Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to test and record their blood glucose levels several times each day, using a finger-pricker and a meter.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is a very important part of managing your child’s diabetes. You should see it as part of their treatment, just like taking insulin and monitoring blood glucose.
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