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Type 1 Diabetes => Dear T1P, => Topic started by: mom on October 28, 2015, 01:45:21 PM

Title: Birthday Party
Post by: mom on October 28, 2015, 01:45:21 PM
Hi. My daughter is celebrating a 5th birthday and we invited a child with type 1 diabetes to attend her birthday party. Her mother asked me if she could stay to keep an eye on her daughter and monitor her blood sugar levels. That is not at all a problem. Should I email  the mom asking if I can accommodate any special dietary requests or leave it at that? I don't want to make the mom feel odd, but I feel like if there's anything I can do to make her feel more at ease, I would love to do it. I've done a quick bit of google search and it seems to me from my limited experience that a type 1 diabetic child can have so at a birthday party as long as the correct dosage of insulin is given. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind make a separate batch of cupcakes with Splenda and serve them along with the other fare.
Title: Re: Birthday Party
Post by: SarahMay on October 28, 2015, 01:59:50 PM
Personally, I don't feel odd when someone asks about dietary accommodations. I see it as being thoughtful and gracious! You're absolutely correct that she can eat anything the other children do. For insulin dosing purposes, it would be helpful to know the amount of carbohydrates per serving (for instance, if a store-bought cake has a nutrition label on it), but type 1 parents are really good at figuring that out for homemade treats or items without a label. :)
Title: Re: Birthday Party
Post by: oddangela on October 28, 2015, 04:18:53 PM
Agreed.  Cupcakes have carbs, I don't know any t1 families that would prefer splenda to reduce carbs (not saying they don't exist... just not the norm in our t1 circles)  but carb count info on any food is always welcome, especially if the child has been diagnosed recently.  We rarely even look at packaging when away from home any more unless it's something really weird but in the first year or two we much preferred if we could get a carb count.
Title: Re: Birthday Party
Post by: kcbscrapper on October 28, 2015, 04:28:48 PM
Perhaps rather than ask what dietary accommodations just ask what you can do to make it easier for her.  For some kids it is easier to not have snacks or food throughout the event but more at a set time.  Perhaps it is just a 15 min. Warning prior to food being served.  Or a general guideline of physical activities so the mom knows what to expect.  Only dietary accommodation my son asks for is a carb free drink ( crystal light over kook aid or diet soda over regular) but he is used to bringing it or drinking water.

By the way I love that you are so considerate.  Sometimes T1 kids are left out because people don't want to bother...so nice to include them and to go out of your way to accommodate if necessary.
Title: Re: Birthday Party
Post by: andrea on October 29, 2015, 08:35:11 AM
I want to first say that I think you are awesome.  After my daughter was diagnosed at 6, the invitations started to whittle away.  So from this d-mom, thank you.

I think it would be awesome to email and ask if there was anything you could do to make it easier for them.  Maybe ask if she'd like you send the menu ahead of time... I loved to know in advance so I could figure out carb counts ahead of time... meant less disruption to my daughter.

Sugar free drink option is great too... if you don't want to do a whole pitcher...there is those liquid squirt bottles for water bottles... if it's not something you use, maybe send home with them.

Title: Re: Birthday Party
Post by: HD on October 29, 2015, 01:39:26 PM
I want to first say that I think you are awesome.  After my daughter was diagnosed at 6, the invitations started to whittle away.  So from this d-mom, thank you.

I think it would be awesome to email and ask if there was anything you could do to make it easier for them.  Maybe ask if she'd like you send the menu ahead of time... I loved to know in advance so I could figure out carb counts ahead of time... meant less disruption to my daughter.

Sugar free drink option is great too... if you don't want to do a whole pitcher...there is those liquid squirt bottles for water bottles... if it's not something you use, maybe send home with them.

All of this, especially the beginning.  Thank you!