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Print-out for babysitters and grandparents of diabetic children

This is a discussion on Print-out for babysitters and grandparents of diabetic children within the Type 1 Diabetes forums, part of the Living Life with Diabetes category; Do parents of children with diabetes have a print-out or set of instructions they leave with babysitters, grandparents and other ...

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    Print-out for babysitters and grandparents of diabetic children

    Do parents of children with diabetes have a print-out or set of instructions they leave with babysitters, grandparents and other caregivers for their children? I imagine something like this would be a necessary document to have.

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    I think it is important for any parent to have, but more importantly for the parent of a child who has an illness. I once babysat a kid who was asthmatic and allergic to nuts. I was given a very detailed set of instructions about how to administer a breathing treatment, use an Epi pen, important numbers, and other information. It was a great help, especially when an issue occurred.

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    Yes, I made one up after my daughter was diagnosed and we collected the information we needed. I emailed it to her teachers and printed out a copy for her grandparents.

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    My sister's daughter has type I diabetes and they make sure that anyone looking after her, teachers, babysitters and friends know all the necessary things that are required. I know I was terrified the first time I looked after her in case she had a fainting spell. She is quite a remarkable little girl, and she knows exactly what to do and she is far more responsible than many adults are.

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    It always amazes me at how responsible the little ones with diabetes behave. If only the adults would behave as well. Last week I went to visit and aunt in a senior's home and the woman sitting beside her had diabetes but she sat there and smoked and my aunt told me that the woman never tests her glucose level unless the attendants come over and bug her to do it.

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    I understand exactly what you are talking about Paul. I too have seen this very often with adults and I wonder if it is their way of getting attention. It sure makes a great deal more work for other people though.

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    It is vital to have a print-out for babysitters and anybody who will be constantly interacting with the child. It should have a list of restrictions and emergency contact information. I imagine that for parents of diabetic children, it can be stressful to find a reliable caregiver.

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    That is definitely a good idea. Any child with any medical issues should have information about it available to caregivers. Hopefully the caregivers will be responsible enough to READ the information and make themselves familiar with possible treatments.

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    I can remember babysitting when I was a teenager and the parents never leaving any instructions or phone numbers for ANYTHING! Although, that has been many years back. With my nieces diagnoses, the entire family received all vital information. Even when she spends the night with her girlfriends, we inform their parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikki View Post
    I can remember babysitting when I was a teenager and the parents never leaving any instructions or phone numbers for ANYTHING! Although, that has been many years back. With my nieces diagnoses, the entire family received all vital information. Even when she spends the night with her girlfriends, we inform their parents.
    That is so scary! I remember babysitting and never having instructions either. Now I could never imagine babysitting for a child and not asking questions about diet and health.

 

 

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