Diabetes Information for Parents

Until recently, children got only Type 1 diabetes. With the spread of childhood obesity, a lot more children are also being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Kids with either Type 1 or Type 2 can lead healthy, active lives. Communities, providers, and schools will work with parents to ensure their children can participate safely in any activities. The Department of Health has developed care plans and works with providers and School Nurse Teachers to ensure each child with diabetes has a school health care plan. more

What You Should Do

  • Look for warning signs that your child should be tested for diabetes. Remember that Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different. Type 1 usually has an acute (sudden) onset. Early symptoms include:
    • Increased thirst and urination
    • Constant hunger
    • Weight loss
    • Blurred vision
    • Extreme tiredness
  • Talk to your pediatrician about testing for Type 2 diabetes starting at the age of 10 or onset of puberty (whichever occurs first) if your child is overweight and does not exercise.
  • Work with your family doctor to develop a treatment plan, and then work with the whole family to develop a nutrition and exercise plan if your child is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Carefully regulate the timing, size, and contents of your child's meals and snacks. more
  • Work with your child to check blood sugar regularly and recognize signs of low blood sugar. more
  • Coordinate with your child’s school . . . more

What We Do

  • Participate in the Rhode Island Diabetes Council subcommittee on Diabetes and Children to ensure that school-children with diabetes get the care they need. more
  • Collaborate to promote healthy weight and physical activity in children.