Sanofi-aventis U.S. and Children with Diabetes have announced the arrival of a multimedia resource, called the KidCare Kit, which gives families the tools and information they need to get through the challenging first 30 days after a diagnosis of type 1.
“When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it impacts the entire family, and parents can often feel emotionally and physically overwhelmed in the first weeks and months following their child’s diagnosis,” said Jeff Hitchcock, founder and CEO of Children with Diabetes, in a press release.
Children with Diabetes, a national diabetes advocacy group, worked for over a year with sanofi-aventis U.S. to develop the kit. The kits are free and available at participating hospitals and doctor’s offices around the country. In addition to a DVD with testimonials from other families of children with diabetes, their caregivers, and diabetes nurse educators and physicians, the kit contains:
- More than 60 diabetes “Quick Cards” for parents, containing basic information about diabetes, how to monitor blood sugar levels, and how to measure and administer insulin for their child.
- Themed “Give One” cards and brochures for teachers, babysitters, and other caregivers, which can be customized with personal details by hand or online before they are given out. The cards contain information about what to do and whom to contact in a diabetes emergency, as well as common symptoms of high and low blood sugar.
- A “Calorie King” carbohydrate counter book to help families plan meals and anticipate insulin doses based on calculated intake of carbohydrates.
Families of recently diagnosed children with diabetes can download additional customizable “Give One” cards for teachers, coaches, bus drivers, physical education teachers, and other caregivers at KidCare4Diabetes.com.
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