Diabetes UK has launched a series of fun and informative activity sheets aimed at children with type 1 diabetes under the age of five and their parents.
The sheets have different fun activities, such as colouring in, puzzles, jigsaws and stories. Parents can work thorough the sheets with their children to help them understand more about diabetes.
The free activity sheets are available to download on the Diabetes UK website (www.diabetes.org.uk/mylife-tots) or can be ordered by calling freephone 0800 585 08 and quoting product code 9832.There are currently around 1,320 children with diabetes under the age of five in the UK.
Diabetes UK care advisor, Libby Dowling, who put the resource together says, "Having diabetes has a huge impact on a child’s life and it can be difficult for parents to explain to a young child the details of their condition. We hope that this resource will make it easier for parents to talk to their children about their condition in an informative but playful way.
We have seen the number of children with diabetes under five-years-old with type 1 diabetes increase five-fold over 20 years, so it is crucial that we produce resources that will help children with diabetes and their families. There is currently very little in terms of information tools for the under-fives with diabetes, especially in this interactive form, and we hope that families will find it useful."
The online resource as been produced as part of the Diabetes UK 75 anniversary activities.