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This article was first published on the Diabetes In Control website. Laura Plunkett is co-author of the book, The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes: Family Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child, written to help parents support their child's overall health and well-being. For additional strategies and information go to www.challengeofdiabetes.com.
As the parents of a very active and accident-prone 13-year-old son, my husband and I have had our share of emergency room visits.
We have rushed Danny to the hospital for stomach flu with ketones, a lacerated cornea, a deeply cut foot, acute stomach pain and a severe bout of croup. With blood sugar control added to our list of concerns, emergencies can become very complicated.
Over time, we have learned that preparation can make the experience safer. And when parents are prepared and calm, the medical team is more cooperative in dealing with a child's diabetes care. With time and experience, we have learned to deal with emergency room visits by taking the following steps.
Emergency room visits are never pleasant, but playing a pro-active role in your child's treatment can help you all have a more successful experience.
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