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Finding adequate child care once your child has been diagnosed with diabetes can be frustrating. If you are having difficulty, try your local JDRF or ADA chapter. They may have a list of qualified sitters in your area. Also check with your endo's office, they should have some information for you. In addition, there is a website where you can register for free to search your local area for qualified sitters- http://www.safesittings.com.
Once you have found someone to care for your child, it's very important to leave specific instructions for your child's diabetes care. Both the parents and the caregiver need to feel confident that the child will be well cared for.
Below is a list of some important information you should leave with your caregiver. Please note that this list is only a guideline and should be tailored to fit your child's specific needs, as well as to the amount of time your child will be spending in the sitter's care.
There is also a form in the download section you can print out and customize.
Signs of low blood sugars, tailored to your child specifically (a download is available here)
Instruction on how to treat lows
Signs of high blood sugars, tailored to your child specifically
Instructions on how to correct highs
Emergency phone numbers, including the endo's office