What questions should I ask my child's doctor if my child has diabetes?


Questions to ask your child's doctor if your child has diabetes: 

  • When should my child get a flu shot?
  • Which symptoms should we look for?
  • When should we call the doctor?
  • Which doctor should we call? Pediatrician or endocrinologist? Or both?
  • How often should we test blood glucose (BG) levels and ketones during illness?
  • Which over-the-counter medicines are safe to take?
  • If needed, how much additional insulin should be given?
  • In the event we are traveling, can you write a letter describing everything needed for treatment, including medications and medical devices?

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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