Question by : How do I explain diabetes and taking shots to my newly diagnosed 6 year old?
What’s the best way to explain type 1 diabetes to my newly diagnosed 6 year old?
So my 6 year old son was diagnosed recently with type 1 diabetes. He throws a living fit when it’s time for a shot. He keeps asking why…and saying it hurts and no! I’ve never been good with words and explaining stuff and all I’ve said was it’s so you don’t get sick. I need some help on a good way to explain this to him.

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Answer by Alicia
I would be very cross with your doctor for not helping you with that. Part of their job when it comes to long term care of a disease like they is to help explain it to children in terms that they can understand.

I would go back to him or her and ask that they help you explain it to your son. Or if they can not, there are diabetic educators that can help explain it as well as providing assistance on how to meal plan healthy meals for picky eaters. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of them.

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