Travelling with a Young Child

Megan - posted on 03/08/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




Before my daughter got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes we were planning a trip. It would be about 10 to 12 hours of flying and a time difference ahead of 3.5 hours.

I was just wondering if anyone has taken a trip with a young child with Type 1 diabetes (my daughter is 3). We have flown with her many times but she would always sleep through the flights which she wouldn't be able to do now.

I want to know what you did? How it affected your child? I just want to hear other peoples experience with this specifically with a long flight, a young child and a big time difference.

I am not looking forward to going to tell you the truth and I really do not feel comfortable jumping into this trip without knowing more about what to expect.

So please tell me your experiences!!!


Celeste - posted on 03/17/2012




My daughter was 25 months when she was diagnosed - 6 months later we went to Europe from NY (she has an older sister who was 6 and a younger sister who was 10 months). You just have to test a lot - the doctor has us just use the fast acting insulin to make the time adjustment - talk to her doctor about it (I think we had to give it every 3 hours for 12 hours but I could be remembering wrong). I don't remember the diabetes treatment being too difficult - though I do remember tesing and giving shots on a tour bus. By far, the worst part of the trip was getting us, strollers, car seats and, many bags through security and customs. Thankfully, my children did well on the flights. We were also travelling with family which helped.

Good Luck! We felt like we could handle anything after that trip...


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