English & Hindi Book for Diabetes Education
Other support required by families of children having Type 1 diabetes
Society often discriminates against these persons when it comes to schooling, jobs, marriage, etc. By proving group support, YDF also provides a platform for families to help each other, and for those from upper economic strata to give opportunities for others.
Importance of counseling in Type 1 diabetes for family and children
Counseling plays a very important role for children with T1D and their family members. The initial diagnosis is usually met with shock and grief. It is understandably difficult to accept the need for 8-12 pricks a day for testing BG and injecting insulin, for a lifetime for survival. Extensive counseling is needed to combat the apprehensions faced so that the families can come to terms with the treatment. To avoid needle pricks, parents explore alternative medications, and are vulnerable to becoming victims of quacks and even medical practitioners who make false promises to permanently cure the condition. They lose a lot of money and hope, and sometimes even the life of the child, in chasing the mirage of a permanent cure.
Another common problem is that many families try to conceal the fact of diabetes in their child. A major reason for this is the families’ lack information about the condition. This makes the child feels even more isolated, and even guilty, and can hamper access to help during a hypo- or hyperglycemic episode. The Yog Dhyan Foundation team provides holistic information, which enables them to accept and cope effectively with the condition, and overcome its debilitating effects.