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Children With Type 1 Diabetes

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For kids, it is important to remember that life is more than just diabetes. Diabetes brings a lot of changes to a kid's life. These changes may be hard to get used to. But kids with diabetes can still go to school, play, and do activities just like any other kid.

Getting used to diabetes

Diabetes can be hard to get used to. There a lot of extra little chores, like checking blood sugar and taking insulin. This may make mom and dad more worried when it comes to playing sports or staying overnight at a friend's house. Brothers or sisters can also get worried, or jealous of all the extra attention. So, a kid with diabetes may feel like everyone is watching them very closely, all the time. It is normal for things like this to happen.

Managing diabetes can get easier. After a while, everyone in the family will feel more comfortable about diabetes. It helps when everyone gets used to it. Even though the diabetes will not go away, things will feel more normal.

Talking about it

It is okay for children to have bad feelings about their diabetes. Kids should talk to their friends and family when they are mad or sad. Mom and dad can help when they know kids are upset. They can try to find ways to fix the problems.

School

Children spend a lot of time at school. Managing diabetes at school can be hard. The grown-ups at school can help. The teacher and school nurse should know if a child has diabetes.

Having tools may also help. These tools could be

  • A medical ID on a necklace, bracelet, or ankle bracelet
  • Diabetes supplies for the nurse's office
  • Kits for low blood sugar, with glucose tablets or juice boxes

Kids should have their diabetes supplies for class trips, sports activities, and school parties. Mom and dad should talk to teachers and the school nurse before these kinds of events to help prepare.

Meeting new people

Even though kids go to school a lot, they do other things, too. They sleep over at a friend's, go to summer camp, take family trips, or just play in the neighborhood.

When children meet new people, they should tell them that they have diabetes. This is because 1) having diabetes is nothing to be ashamed of, and 2) when people know, they can help.

Learning new things

When a child has diabetes, there are a lot of changes. Changing can be hard. But things will get better in time. Growing up with diabetes will get easier. Even if it is hard at first, every day will bring more and more experience and know-how.

Indications and Usage

What is NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)?

NovoLog® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Safety Information

Who should not use NovoLog®?

Do not use NovoLog® if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my health care provider before taking NovoLog®?

About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to do either.
About all prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including supplements, as your dose may need to change.

How should I take NovoLog®?

Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after using NovoLog®, a fast-acting insulin, to avoid low blood sugar. Do not inject NovoLog® if you do not plan to eat right after your injection or bolus pump infusion.
Do not mix NovoLog® with any other insulin when used in a pump or with any insulin other than NPH when used with injections by syringe.
Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.

What should I consider while using NovoLog®?

Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar.
Be careful when driving a car or operating machinery. You may have difficulty concentrating or reacting if you have low blood sugar. Talk to your health care provider if you often have low blood sugar or no warning signs of low blood sugar.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
Serious allergic reactions may occur. Get medical help right away, if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

For more information, please click here for complete NovoLog® Prescribing Information.

NovoLog® is a prescription medicine.

Talk to your doctor about the importance of diet and exercise in your treatment plan.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Selected Important Safety Information

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

• Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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