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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 for NovoLog®

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Before taking NovoLog®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

  • pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including supplements.

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

What should I avoid while taking NovoLog®?

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how NovoLog® affects you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

  • weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet or level of physical activity.

Other common side effects may include:

  • low potassium in your blood, injection site reactions, itching, rash, serious whole body allergic reactions, skin thickening or pits at the injection site, weight gain, and swelling of your hands and feet and if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.

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

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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