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Children and diabetes

Having a child who has diabetes can be tough sometimes.

Your child will probably have to take insulin to treat it. They'll either use a pen or a pump and will eventually be able to do this by themselves with your help. 

Find out more about pens and pumps 




Need to talk? 

Having a child with diabetes can be difficult sometimes. We're here if you need support, and to give any information you might need as your child grows up. Become part of our community.

Call our helpline on  0345 123 2399

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What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed in children. We can help you understand the biology and the basics.

Their reaction

When you're diagnosed with diabetes, it's often a confusing and frightening. We have information on how to help your child cope and understand their diabetes.

Your reaction

Finding out your child has diabetes can come as a huge shock. But being able to come to terms with diabetes is important for any parent. We have advice on how cope with your child's diagnosis.

Family relationships

Type 1 diabetes can affect the whole family so it's important to get everyone the support they need.

Diabetes at school

We know that care in school is really important. We can provide you with different tools to make sure your child is getting the care they need and deserve.

Physical activity and your child

Having diabetes shouldn't stop your child from playing with their friends, joining clubs, or even just running around outside. We've got all the information you need about physical activity.


Nobody knows a child as well as a parent, but eventually you'll have to trust others to look after them. We've got a checklist to help you plan safe childcare when you need it.

Having a teenager with diabetes

It's important to remember that diabetes won't stop your child behaving like any other teenager. But there are a few extra things to think about as they grow up.

Order your Type 1 bag

Having good advice early on can make a big difference. That's why we created our Type 1 bag. Filled with resources, guidance and stories, it will help you make your child's first year with diabetes as simple as possible.
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