Help! We want to give my 1 yr old her bday cake!

Angela - posted on 01/29/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 1 yr old daughter Emma was just diagnosed last Sat with type one daibetes. So I am very new with all this. We told our doctors that my daughters bday party is going to be sunday (tomorrow) and we wish we could give her cake. They said we could... the thing I dont get is that she is only supposed to have 30-35 carb meals and 15 carb snacks she gets 1/2 unit for every meal... The cake will be about 4 oz and about 65 carbs... thats twice as much as what shes supposed to have! I tried calling the nurse today but no one got back to me. I guess I will have to call the pediatric endocronologist on call tomorrow. Any ideas on what they might tell me? Im wondering if they will tell me to give her a double dose of insulin? What do you think? I am probably making this a lot more complicated than it really is... if you have any insight let me know! Thank you!

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Krystyna - posted on 03/01/2011

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Hey, I just joined this community and read your post. Our then 5 yr old son was diagnosed in Oct 2009. We used to really stress about him going to birthday parties, sweets, treats, etc. We visit the diabetes clinic here in Canada with him every 3 months. The best advice they gave me is this" Don't stress....let him be a kid. If he's going to a birthday, just give him extra insulin to compensate for the cake, soda, chips, or whatever treats he's going to have. Just because he has diabetes, does not mean he has to have his childhood taken away." That is the philosophy we use. He by no means gets treats and sweets every day, but when there is a celebration to be tasted, we let him celebrate!
Since your daughter is newly diagnosed, I know you are devastated beyond words and now going through a grieving process...grieving the loss of her health. In this day and age, this is the BEST possible time for our children to have diabetes because the information and care is so advanced as opposed to a few years ago. We have the tools and everything we need to make sure they grow up strong and healthy with as much chance as anyone for a "normal" life. Good luck and God Bless....we truely do feel the same exact pain in our hearts as you do.

Melanie - posted on 02/07/2011

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I would recommend that your endo or the nurse give you an insuline dosage that would work, I wouldn't try to guess it. You could also switch out the cake and give her the sugarless jello. Since she's only 1 I'm sure she wouldn't care it she didn't have cake.

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