Type 1 diabetes means your body can’t produce any 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.
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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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