I hope you all are enjoying the week so far. I wanted to thank you all for the messages I continue to receive filled with love, kindness, prayers, and support regarding Emma’s recent diagnosis.
Today I want to talk to you about health and different things we are doing to help keep Emma healthy aside from her daily insulin and blood sugar checks. As a new mom I know keeping your child free from viruses, colds, and other illnesses is so important! Now that Emma has been diagnosed with diabetes, an autoimmune disease it is so important that we prevent her from getting sick and if she does get sick, we recognize it right away so we can treat her immediately.
1. Check Daily for illness:
Make sure you understand your child’s healthy state. Do they snore? What is a normal temperature for your child? How long do they sleep per day?
Do they snore is important so you can recognize congestion, Emma does not typically snore but when she has a cold approaching it is one of her first symptoms. Recognizing this helps us prepare for the cold as well as try to lessen it by increasing her water intake and adding a humidifier into her nursery.
Knowing you child’s average temperature is also important. We use the Sinocare infrared thermometer daily to monitor Emma’s temperature. I love this thermometer because you don’t even need to touch her to take her temperature. It is a non-contact infrared thermometer that can be used on babies, kids, and adults. You simply point the thermometer to their forehead with a distance of 1-3 centimeters, press a button, and see the temperature almost immediately. The thermometer has the ability to recall the last 32 readings which allows us to monitor if Emma’s temperature could be rising. I love that the thermometer is small enough to put in our diaper bag so know matter where we are I can test her if I ever thing she could have a fever. This thermometer is available on Amazon I will include the link if you are looking for a great tool to help keep your family healthy! https://www.amazon.com/Sinocare-Infrared-Thermometer-Non-Contact-Temperature/dp/B086WBY81F
It’s important to know how long your child sleeps in a day. This was actually one of the few symptoms Emma displayed before being diagnosed with diabetes. We noticed that she started sleeping more and taking much longer naps. Often, she would take a 3-hour nap in the morning and another in the evening. Since her diagnosis and having her blood sugars in control her naps have shortened to one nap that lasts about 2 hours. Although your child may just like to nap, it can also be a sign that they aren’t feeling well.
2. A Healthy Diet
Since Emma’s diagnosis we have had weekly meetings with a nutritionist. We are focusing on counting her carbs and understanding the effects of different types of carbs on her blood sugar, but we are also talking about the importance of a balanced diet. Our diet as well as Emma’s has gotten so much better these last few weeks. We have learned to replace the unhealthy foods with some fun alternatives. For example, tonight I had a craving for pasta. Pasta is not healthy for diabetics as it is what they call “empty carbs” after doing some research we found chickpea pasta which was delicious! To be honest I could barely notice that is wasn’t my typical pasta. Chickpea pasta has two times the protein, three times the fiber, and 30% fewer net carbs! Perfect for our little diabetic family and much healthier for everyone else!
Finally, the last thing we make sure to do is give Emma plenty of water to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated can-do wonders for your blood sugar but Emma also has a problem with constipation. We have noticed that if we give her milk at breakfast and at bedtime with water as her only drink in-between her constipation as well as her blood sugars have improved.
Although I hope that you never have to deal with a family member being diagnosed with an autoimmune disea
se like diabetes I hope that you do take steps to keep your family healthy. Let me know if anyone has any questions or additional tips for us to add to our routine.
Michelle & Emma
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