As a parent, you want to know that your child is safe at all times. Below are some tips on sharing the responsibility of managing diabetes with your teenager:
- Ensure your teen is ready for the daily responsibilities of care, including blood glucose checks, insulin shots and pump infusions, and how to dispose of syringes, pens or other devices. This is non-negotiable.
- Respect your teen’s need for privacy and let your teenager help decide who needs know about the diabetes.
- Keeping active and exercising are important for children with diabetes. Checking blood sugar levels often, including before and after exercise, is equally important. Working with your child and the health care provider will help your child to stay active and healthy.
- Since your teen spends most of the day at school, the school nurse and principal should be aware of your teen’s care plan and be ready to assist.
- Talk to your teen about safety at parties, especially if offered alcohol, drugs or tobacco.
- Remind your teen to carry diabetes supplies and wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace.
Horizon BCBSNJ’s Chronic Care Program may help your teen manage his or her health. For more information, call 1-888-345-1150. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern Time.