Food – Childhood Diabetes

Posted on December 29, 2009

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Food

►            Goals for 6-7 years old

Children should know:

  • the number of meals they need while at school or in day care.
  • when to eat. For example, they may snack during a certain break in the day s activities, when a pre-set alarm on their watch beeps or when an adult reminds them.

. When candy is offered, children should explain that they have diabetes. If they are uncertain about what to do, they should know whom to ask for help. When candy is distributed in class:

  • The child may eat a few hard candies or whatever is distributed.
  • If bags of candy are distributed, the child may accept one, eat a few pieces and take the rest home.

Goals for 8-9 years old

Children should be able to explain:

  • the number of meals they need at school and at the after-school care centre.
  • when to eat. For example, they may snack during a certain break in the day s activities, when a pre-alarm on their watch beeps or when an adult reminds them.
  • which foods they may eat in unlimited portions
  • which foods they may eat in limited amounts.

When candy is offered, children should explain that they have diabetes. When candy is distributed in class:

  • The child may eat a few hard candies, or whatever is distributed.
  • If bags of candy are distributed, the child may accept one, eat a few pieces and take the rest home.

Goals for 10-11 years old

Children should:

  • know how many regular meals and snacks they need.
  • know when to eat.
    • be able to give examples of foods that cause the blood sugar to rise quickly or slowly.
    • be able to create a meal.
    • know how much candy they are allowed to eat.
      • be able to explain exchanges, such as how much fruit can be exchanged for candy.

►            Goals for 12-13 years old

Children should:

  • know what foods are best for them to eat.
    • be able to read and understand information provided on food labels.
    • be familiar with different forms of food sweeteners.

►  Goals for 14-15 years old

Teenagers should:

  • know what foods are best to eat.
  • be able to read and interpret information on food labels.
  • be familiar with yarious forms of food sweeteners.
  • be able to live normally among their friends and classmates

Goals for 16-17 years old

Teenagers should continue to broaden their knowledge of

general nutrition, including energy producing foods, vitamins and

minerals. Teenagers should know how food is used by the body

and be able to apply their knowledge to daily situations such as

playing sports, school, eating fast food, and going to

parties.Older teenagers should be able to shop for groceries by

themselves.

Novo Nordisk Diabetes Care – Childhood Diabetes – Novo Care

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