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Diabetes Center for Children Health Resources
In this video, you will learn what foods are rich in carbohydrates, and how carbs affect blood sugars.
In this video, you will learn what foods are high in fat and how fat affects blood sugars.
In this video, you will learn how food and different types of insulin (long acting and fast acting, or lantus and bolus insulin) affect your blood sugars.
In this video, you will learn what foods are rich in protein and how protein affects blood sugar.
In this video, you will learn how to use a sliding scale to determine the insulin you'll need to account for the number of carbs you're eating in a meal.
For those with diabetes looking at the Nutrition Facts on food packaging, this video will teach them to focus on serving size and weight, and total carbohydrate.
In this video, you will learn when you should and shouldn't take insulin to correct for high blood sugar. It all depends on the timing of your meals and snacks.
In this video, you will learn how to use a food scale to weigh foods like chips and crackers to more accurately count your carbs.
In this video, you will learn about the many apps and websites you can use to make counting carbohydrates easier.
In this video, you will learn how to use the correction factor and insulin to carb ratio on a sliding scale to determine how much insulin to give with a meal.
This resource will help you understand combination bolusing and when this form of extended insulin delivery is best for your child with diabetes.
This resource will help you understand the importance of regular foot exams from a medical professional for your child with diabetes, and how you can ensure your child’s feet remain healthy.
This resource will help you understand how fast-acting insulin (such as Humalog, NovoLog and Apidra) works and why your child may need it to treat her high blood sugars and/or ketones.
This resource can help you learn about potential long-term complications from your child’s diabetes, such as eye, feet, kidney, cholesterol and related problems.
This resource from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia can help families facing CFRD manage the condition at home.
This 20-page informational packets can help you learn more about cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD), what causes it, how it is diagnosed, treatment options and long-term monitoring.
CalorieKing provides information about diet and weight loss, calorie counter and more.
This presentation will teach you about counting carbohydrates, reading food labels, and managing snacks and meal plans for children with diabetes.
This module will help you count the carbs for small, medium and large portions of foods you eat often, and equate carb count to varying units of insulin.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin with many health benefits. All children need vitamin D, as it helps our bodies absorb calcium to build strong bones and teeth. It also helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Learn about the importance of meal planning for children with diabetes, and how carbohydrates, sugars, proteins and fats affect your child's blood sugar levels.
Learn about combination bolusing using an insulin pump and how it might be helpful when eating high-fat meals, buffet meals and holiday meals.
Find and rate low calorie, healthy recipes at SparkRecipes. Use the free recipe calculator to find the calories, carbs, fat and protein in your recipes.
SugarStats gives you a simple and easy-to-use interface to input and access your data from home, school, work, when you're on the road or just about anywhere at all.
This tool will help young adults maintain control of their diabetes when they leave home and live more independently. Learn about healthy foods to keep in your dorm room, how to count carbs, portion control and healthy food choices in the cafeteria.
The Diabetes Parent Support Network network offers positive support, interaction and education for parents/caregivers, children and teens with type 1 diabetes.
Drinking alcohol and having diabetes can be dangerous. In this module, learn how alcohol can affect your body and blood sugars. Hear tips on how to drink alcohol safely.
After completing this module, you will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of depression and the resources available to teens with diabetes who may feel depressed.
This diabetes e-learning module is for young athletes who want to perform at their peak. Learn about keeping your blood sugar in the best range to maximize your peak performance.
Our Healthy Eyes, Healthy Vision e-learning module will answer common questions teens with diabetes have about vision screening.
Experiencing low blood sugar can be scary and embarrassing. But don’t try to avoid lows by letting your sugars run high all the time.
It takes just 15 minutes a day to test blood sugar, count carbs, calculate and give the insulin dose that will take care of your diabetes.
Watch this e-learning module to learn more about diabulimia, including its risks and complications, and the dangers of DKA caused by diabulimia.
It’s important to learn how to drive safely with diabetes. Find out what you need to know before you get behind the wheel.
Watch these videos to help you better understand the effect of food and insulin on your blood sugar.
This e-learning module will help you learn about blood sugar logs, and why they're important in helping you understand and prevent highs and lows.
Learn about relaxation exercises and distractions that can help you overcome fear of needles.
Watch registered dietitians from the Diabetes Center as they make their way around the supermarket, giving tips on making healthy food choices for teens and families with diabetes.
This course discusses three important things you need to explain to your roommate when you go to college: your diabetes, your lows and how they can help.
When you have type 1 diabetes, ketones can start to form and build up in your blood. Ketones also form when you don't have enough insulin in your body.
The Diabetes Center for Children at CHOP holds an annual educational conference for kids with diabetes and their families. At the 2014 conference, meeting organizers showed this video featuring CHOP diabetes patients doing the things they love.
Olympic gold medal swimmer Gary Hall Jr. speaks to children at Seacrest Studios at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia about life as an athlete with diabetes.
Find a list of blood glucose meter manufacturers for convenient access for patients with diabetes.
Find information about Precision Xtra®, which tests for both blood glucose and blood ketones, and learn about the advantages of checking for blood ketones.
Learn about continuous glucose monitoring systems and find a list of CGMS manufacturers.
Find diabetes apps for you phone to help you with carb counting, keeping track of your blood sugar, calories intake and more.
Learn about devices and products for diabetes management, see the trends, preview exciting new products that are still in development, and compare tools and devices on the market today.
These Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies that offer diabetes supplies. Call and find if they have a contract with your insurance company.
The Diabetes Center compiled a list of insulin and insulin manufacturers for easy access to patients with diabetes.
Find creative diabetes accessories for kids and adults, anything from pump cases to insulin cooling cases.
Find a list of insulin pump manufacturers compiled by the Diabetes Center at CHOP.
This resource will help you monitor and regulate insulin and ketones levels for your child with diabetes when he is sick. Learn when to use basal insulin, correction bolus, food bolus and extra fluids depending on your child’s blood sugar level and positive ketones.
This resource will help you monitor and regulate insulin and ketones levels for your child with diabetes when he is sick. Learn when to give your child NPH, fast-acting insulin and extra fluids.
This resource will help you monitor and regulate insulin and ketones levels for your child with diabetes when he is sick. Learn when to give your child basal insulin, correction bolus, food bolus and extra fluids.
Find a list of lancet devices and accessories for easy access for patients with diabetes.
This resource will help you learn about Lantus and Levemir, two long-acting basal insulins that provide 12-24 hour coverage for your child with diabetes. You’ll learn how to inject the medication and what to do if your child experiences any side effects.
A list of supplies that can be used to treat a low blood sugar in children, including glucose tablets, glucose liquids/gels/powders and candy
These retailers offer medical ID bracelets, medical alert jewelry, and more products that will keep your child with diabetes safe.
This resource will help you understand what pre-mixed insulin injections are, how they work to keep blood sugar stable, and if they are an appropriate treatment for your child with diabetes.
Keep this ketone rules timeline easily accessible to help you stay on track with managing your ketones anytime you see purple pop up on the urine stick. Print it out, hang it on your fridge, or save the image on your phone!
This tool will help you keep track your child’s symptoms, blood sugar levels, ketones, insulin site, amount of fluids, and comments.
The Diabetes Center at CHOP has compiled a list of syringes, pens and injection products for easy access to patients with diabetes.
This tool can be used to help you keep track of your child’s blood sugar, carbohydrates and insulin dose. You can also include your child’s provider name and circle any blood sugar levels out of your child’s target range.
Is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
The American Diabetes Association provides information about living with diabetes, advocacy, research and more.
Children with DIABETES is an online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.
This interactive CD-ROM helps children with type 1 diabetes and their families understand the basic principles of self-care and learn about the skills necessary for self-management.
Glu is part of the T1D Exchange, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people touched by T1D.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
NDDIC provides information about digestive diseases, statistics, research and more, from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
NIDDK is a branch of the National Institutes of Health that offers health and research information about a variety of digestive diseases that can affect the liver.
Camp Freedom provides a safe environment for children with diabetes to participate in traditional camping fun while meeting other kids like them and learn new ways to manage their diabetes
At Camp Nejeda youth with diabetes are given the opportunity to live, if only for one or two weeks, in a world where having diabetes is the norm.
Camp Possibilities offers swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, basketball, field games, nature walks, talent shows, dances and many other activities for youth with diabetes.
Camp Setebaid offers a fun-filled week packed with lots of exciting activities, team building exercises and learning experiences for youth with Type 1 Diabetes.
KDKC is a weeklong camp where children with type 1 diabetes, ages 8 – 15, can have fun, meet other kids with diabetes and experience camp.
Living With Diabetes
This tool will help you learn about the hormone Glucagon, which may be prescribed to treat your child’s diabetes. Learn about how the drug is administered, when it’s used and potential side effects
Find helpful tips for kids with diabetes to help control blood sugars during the winter months and keep away the winter blues.
Find tips on how you can help your child, and yourself, cope with the demands of managing diabetes, form the experts at the Diabetes Center for Children at CHOP.
Find out how social workers and diabetes nurses at the Diabetes Center at CHOP can help you with insurance and financial concerns.
Find tips on how you can team up with your child’s school to provide care for your child with diabetes.
Find tips from the Diabetes Center at CHOP on how you can give to and connect with others with diabetes.
This resource can help young drivers with diabetes to properly manage their blood sugars and plan ahead for safe driving.
This resource can help you motivate your child with diabetes to be physically active for at least 30-60 minutes a day, and how you can help manage your child’ sugar levels before, during and after activity.
Many children worry about telling friends that they have diabetes. Learn how you can help your child prepare to tell friends about his or her disease.
If you are traveling or going on vacation this summer, make sure you plan ahead to keep your diabetes in check. Dealing with high blood sugars – or worse, a trip to the hospital – can put a damper on your plans.
When managing diabetes, you should work with your diabetes team at the Diabetes Center, even in between regular appointments. Here's how.
Summer is a time for sun and fun, beaches and bare feet, but it can pose a challenge for those with diabetes.
Summer brings a lot of fun things – vacation, swimming and outdoor activities. It also brings the hot weather. Use these tips to help keep you safe!
Diabetes can take an emotional toll on your child (and you!). Here are a few ideas on how to you can support your child/teen.
Open communication between you and your teenager with diabetes is important. Recognize that your teen wants to be treated as an adult, even if that means letting him take charge of his own diabetes management plan.
For young adults with diabetes, preparing for the move to college over the summer will ensure you're at your best at the start of this new chapter.
Find winter sports safety tips for children with diabetes to help keep you safe and active this winter while taking care of your diabetes.
For School Nurses/Caregivers
This presentation for school nurses and caregivers describes insulin pump therapy and other information about caring for a child with diabetes.
This guide will help school nurses and other caregivers understand how the Medtronic insulin pump works in a child with diabetes.
This guide will help school nurses and other caregivers understand how the Omnipod insulin pump works in a child with diabetes.
Explore resources available to students with diabetes who are preparing for life at college and the responsibilities that come with it.
For students with diabetes who need financial support for college, there are many opportunities to apply for scholarships.