Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming - not just at the time of diagnosis but thoughout all of their growing years.
As you well know, there is so much more to managing a child with diabetes than doing regular blood sugar checks and insulin shots. There are all the parenting issues that go along with these, your childs mood swings that seem to accompany the ups and downs of sugars, and let's not forget the teenage slump.
The team at GPSI diabetes understands all of these issues and how they add to the complexities of everyday life. At each appointment, we not only offer you expert advice in diabetes managment but also provide you with much needed parenting and behavioural support tailored to your child’s changing emotional needs throughout the years.
Then there is the whole issue of how to transfer all the skills and expertise that you, as a parent, have developed and honed over the years to your child. Afterall, the ultimate goal is to have them grow up to be equally skilled and independent with their diabetes self-management.
Once again, the team at GPSI Diabetes understands this need. At each visit, alongside teaching you the skills of diabetes management, we spend time showing you how to gradually transfer your knowledge and skills to your child so that you can be confident that he/she will develop into being an equally skilled and independent self-manager.
Finally, as GPSI Diabetes takes care of all ages - children, teens and adults - we can provide this support seamlessly from the day of diagnosis through the awkward teenage years and into adulthood - eliminating the inevitable uncertainties as one transitions from a paediatric service to an adult service.
An insulin pump mimics a normally functioning pancreas and allows it's wearer to lead a normal and flexible lifestyle. It is a small mechanical device, a little larger than a pager that is worn outside the body, often on a belt or in a pocket.
Would you like to know more about insulin pumps?
Is this is the right course of treatment for your child ?
Does your child qualify for a Government funded pump?
While insulin pumps are the gold standard of care for type 1 diabetes, they are not necessarily suitable for everyone.
Dr Janet has more than 20 years of experience with using insulin pumps for the management of diabetes in children. Let her help you decide if this is the right management for your child.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) can be used with or without an insulin pump. They are worn 24 hours a day, automatically checking blood sugars at regular and frequent intervals and relaying the information to a monitor - or to the screen on the insulin pump. It has the benefit of being able to alarm the wearer (or parent) of high or low blood sugars.
Would you like to know more about CGMS?
Would your child's diabetes management benefit from CGMS?
While CGMS have been around for many years, they are not funded and are not necessarily suitable for everyone.
Dr Janet has more than 20 years of experience with using CGMS in the management of diabetes. Let her help you decide if this would be a beneficial addition to your childs diabetes management.
Dr Janet's training in paediatric diabetes was under the mentorship of Dr Dave Langdon (Paediatric Endocrinologist, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, USA). Much of this training was at Camp Setebaid - one of the top camps in the United States for children and teenagers with diabetes.