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Offline tamermh

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Meals schedule
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:48:25 AM »
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  • Hi all,

    I am struggling with scheduling my son (2.5 yr) meals and snacks. he wakes up at 7am and sleeps at 8 pm,the nutrition specialist says to have 6 hours between meals, and snacks between these meals.

    will you please share with me your meals schedules for your kids specially for the same age.

    Thanks and appreciate your responses in advance.

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 07:21:18 AM »
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  • Oh goodness, of course you are struggling.  They are trying to make him conform to diabetes instead of making diabetes work in his routine.

    I think you have a couple of options...you can tell them it just isn't working and get a better plan or you could try supplementing with "free" foods.  The amount of carbs that is considered free will depend on his insulin ratios but a good starter list is here
    http://www.type1parents.org/index.php/page,39.html

     <hug>.  My girl was 6 when diagnosed, that was hard enough.  I can't imagine had she been as little as your guy

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 08:11:12 AM »
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  • The tight schedule they are recommending is usually just suggested right after diagnosis.  One way to try to insure you have the correct doses and carb ratios is to have only one thing going at a time...and it takes up to three hours for insulin to be done working completely. 
    It may be helpful for you to see how food and insullin work on your child for awhile before giving up the structured timing.  If so perhaps one snack could be carb free.  However, if the schedule doesn't work and is causing way too much additional stress for you, then as Andrea said talk to your educator and have them work with you on a new plan.  One thing to make sure of is you only dose for additional carbs eaten (don't do an adjustment on the number on the meter) if it has been less than three hours since the last dose.
    I had a hard enough time trying to adjust to everything with a teenager who understood things when he was diagnosed...I can't imagine asking a hungry little one to wait for their snack. 

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 10:18:09 AM »
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  • Hi my little girl is 7 but she has the same up at 7am and bed at 8pm we still have her on a meal and snack schedule for past 9 months and we have found that this is what works for us 7:30am breakfest 10am snack, 12:15pm lunch, 2:30pm snack, 5pm dinner and 7:30 before bed snack. and to make sure at least 2 hours in between anytime she eats
    I hope this might help you out 
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    Emma 03.09.04 (dx 04.20.14) Hayley-Ann 01.05.07 (Dx 05.21.2013) and Rhys 10.11.10 (non-d)

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 10:19:41 AM »
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  • My daughter was diagnosed at age 2 1/2. We were on a very strict schedule at first as well, however not the 6 hours in between thing.  We DID find that at first having a more structured schedule was really helpful. Structured but not strict. So what I would say is to work with the Endo's office....maybe write down your normal basic schedule (if you have one) and say this is what we do- now make it work. Once you get more comfortable then you can get less scheduled and structured.

    The one thing we learned quickly is that what works for 1 family may not work with the next family and it's about finding the balance of what works for your family.

    I am hoping that is helpful.
    -Stephanie  Mom to Kaelyn, age 7 DX 10/31/10




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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 10:59:10 AM »
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  • My daughter was 6.5yrs at diagnosis and we weren't as structured as that- BUT even the structure we had (set carbs) did NOT work for us.  My one regret was not laying on the floor and throwing a fit sooner to say this is NOT WORKING.  My kid still carries baggage from those 6-8 weeks.  It's not okay.

    If it works for your kid- go with it.  If it DOESN'T- tell them.  Tell them you need another plan TODAY.  There is not enough reason to do it that way to stress mom and kid.  Past that stage it is not needed at all.  It was so much better for us when I could let my kid follow her own cues again.

    I think we just go along because we're in shock and don't realize that there are other options, but it does NOT have to be set like that.
    Angela- Mom to S- 8/9/04 (dx 5/4/11)  G- 6/4/08 and L- 4/3/12 and W- 3/18/15

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 12:51:36 PM »
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  •   My kid still carries baggage from those 6-8 weeks.  It's not okay.


    Hi there.
    I agree that if the schedule your endo gave you is stressful and not in line with what you were doing, then don't wait.
    I'm with Angela.
    I feel like we did many things (including the very structured schedule) the first few months and we didn't really have to at all.
    BUT...for Elena, eating less than 2.5 hours after a meal or snack is not good.
    Good luck finding what works for you!  ;)
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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 12:58:05 PM »
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  •   My kid still carries baggage from those 6-8 weeks.  It's not okay.


    Hi there.
    I agree that if the schedule your endo gave you is stressful and not in line with what you were doing, then don't wait.
    I'm with Angela.
    I feel like we did many things (including the very structured schedule) the first few months and we didn't really have to at all.
    BUT...for Elena, eating less than 2.5 hours after a meal or snack is not good.
    Good luck finding what works for you!  ;)

    lol  and if Savannah is awake she needs to eat every 2 hours or less.  We make it work.
    Angela- Mom to S- 8/9/04 (dx 5/4/11)  G- 6/4/08 and L- 4/3/12 and W- 3/18/15

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    Re: Meals schedule
    « Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 09:52:31 PM »
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  • It all depends why the nutritionist want your son on a meal schedule. If it's bc he has to eat certain amount of carbs p/ meal at certain times bc his insulin dose, then you need to adjust to the plan. However, I don't think it's something good for your little one.
    My son was dx w/ 2 yo and we had the schedule meal and certain carbs p/ meal. It was horrible trying to force a 2 yo to eat when they don't want. And mine was a good eater! So, it didn't work for us and I request a change. When you have a carb ratio (certain amount of insulin p/ carbs), you can eat whenever you want. I think that's much better. When we were using lantus, bc there were so little dose of Humalog, we used the diluted Humalog. It was a free schedule and much better. Kids are kids and D needs to be adjusted to their needs. They should be continue their life just adding one more step to ck bs and dose for food / correction.
    We are pumping since he was 3 yo and the difference is huge.


    Janette (Mom of Adrian, dx on 08/25/2005 & Alexander Non D)




     


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