Tips For Parents – Children Recently Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes.

If you’ve just found this page chances are, you are a parent of a child who has recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and you’re looking for advice. Sorry you have to be here but hopefully we can help. Here are some top tips to help you to navigate those first tricky weeks.

The first few weeks following a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes are tough, you will experience a wide range of emotions and everyone deals with it differently, there is no right or wrong way. You have a huge learning curve ahead and you may feel like you are living in some awful kind of bubble.

Here are some tips that I wish I’d had given to me when my son was first diagnosed in 2014. Continue reading

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Cellnovo Insulin Pump User Reviews 2016

Looking for user reviews of the Cellnovo Insulin Pump? You’ve come to the right place. Below real life users have reviewed this insulin pump for us. We hope these reviews help you to choose the right pump for your child. Cellnovo is a fairly new pump brand but I’m sure it’s unique features will soon ensure it’s more widely used.
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Roche Accu Chek Insight Insulin Pump User Reviews

Are you considering the Accu Chek Insight Insulin Pump? Our user reviews are here to help. Find out the good, the bad and the downright ugly, in the reviews below. Choosing the right insulin pump for your child seems like a huge decision, so it’s worth doing your research. The Accu Chek Insight is the latest insulin pump released by Roche. Continue reading

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Animas Vibe Insulin Pump User Reviews 2016

Below you will find real life reviews of the Animas Vibe Insulin Pump, submitted by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes. Choosing an insulin pump is a big decision and we hope that these reviews will help you to decide which is the right insulin pump for you and your family and hopefully you will also learn more about the features and benefits of the Animas Vibe. Continue reading

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Medtronic 640g Insulin Pump User Reviews 2016

Below you will find reviews of the Medtronic 640g Insulin Pump, all these reviews have been supplied by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes. We asked users what they love about the Medtronic 640, read all the pro’s and cons here. We hope you find these reviews useful we know how hard it can be choosing an Insulin pump for children, you really want to make the right choice. Continue reading

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New Animas Insulin Pump 2016

Details are fast emerging around the web, regarding a new Animas Insulin pump, and it sounds amazing.

Technology is moving fast in the world of insulin pumps, until now the Medtronic 640g had the cutting edge with new technology, when used in conjunction with Medtronic’s CGM system, it’s low glucose suspend feature was a selling point for many parents when choosing a pump, hoping to reduce the number of a hypo’s their child would have.

However Animas are looking to go one step further. Continue reading

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Dexcom G5 Vs Freestyle Libre 2016

Are you trying to decide between the Dexcom G5 CGM and the Freestyle Libre, flash glucose monitoring system? We are here to help. My son spent a year wearing the Freestyle Libre, and 3 months wearing the Dexcom G5. Now we are ready to outline the pro’s and con’s of each as we compare them side by side. Please note this comparison guide is based on our personal experience. Continue reading

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New Dexcom CGM Prices For The UK

Exciting news for those in the UK that are using the Dexcom CGMS, or those who are considering purchasing a constant glucose monitoring system, on Friday 13th May, Dexcom announced that from Monday 15th May 2016 they would be supplying customers directly in the UK and they also announced new Dexcom CGM prices for the UK. The good news is both the Dexcom G4 and Dexcom G5 are now much cheaper to buy and run. Here we reveal the brand new costs. Continue reading

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New DLA Guidelines For Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Today is a victorious day for the Type 1 community. The DWP have finally published the New DLA Guidelines for Children With Type 1 Diabetes. Wondering what this means for you and your child? Let me explain.

Children with Type 1 Diabetes are entitled to DLA (Disability Living Allowance) but the awards can be very inconsistent. Many parents have been left disappointed after being told their child was not elibible, particularly after the age of 12. It’s important to know that DLA is not means tested, so it doesn’t matter if you work or not, or how much you earn.

Parents have been busy lobbying MP’s to look at the guidelines that the DWP give to their staff that helps them to decide if a child should be entitled to DLA. On the back of this Diabetes UK, Neil Sykes from Families with Diabetes National Network and Dr Fiona Campbell, Clinical Lead for the National Children and Young People‚Äôs Diabetes Network have been working with the DWP to update their guidelines. Previous guidelines really didn’t represent the reality of a child living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Today the new guidelines have been revealed…..and yes they are much better. Well done to all involved and a massive thank you too.

So what is different I hear you ask? Continue reading

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Type 1 Diabetes & Alcohol

Type 1 Diabetes & Alcohol are not a good cocktail…they don’t mix well. Worse than that they can be a downright dangerous, lethal cocktail. The purpose of this post is not to preach, but to prepare parents of what to expect when alcohol becomes part of their teenagers life and to give some tips on drinking Alcohol more safely for people with Type 1 Diabetes. Continue reading

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