“What is the drop in blood sugar with one unit of insulin?”; “What is the best way to deal with the child’s psychological trouble caused by diabetes?”; “Does insulin have any side effects?”
These were some of the common doubts raised by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes at a workshop organised by the State-run Karnataka Institute of Diabetology here on Sunday.
Although their children have been living with diabetes, most parents are ignorant about ways to tackle commonly encountered situations. Sunday’s workshop was to provide such families a common platform to interact and share their views and problems.
Two-year-old Dhanush’s mother Shruti N., who came for the workshop from Mandya, said that she thought it necessary to know more about her son’s condition.
“The workshop was very resourceful. Although I knew diabetes affects different age groups, I learnt that managing the condition is not just treatment for blood sugar control. Teaching the affected to live happily and lead a normal life style is more important,” she said.
She was one among the 110 families that attended the workshop. Sameer Tiwari, another parent, said, “This workshop has had an impact on my daughter. Until today she thought it was only her who faced this condition. Now, after having met a number of children and talking to experts she has the courage to accept and confront her challenges. For me, as a parent, this is an achievement.”
“I learnt that we should not be sad, because a lot of people in this world have diabetes,” said a child at the workshop after seeing pictures of celebrities with diabetes who have reached great heights in their career.
Inaugurated by C. Munichoodappa, Director and Chief Diabetologist from Bangalore Hospital, the workshop was a fun-filled event for the participating children.
A quiz programme by O.S. Santhosh, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and Diabetologist from Karnataka Institute of Diabetology, followed by a magic show by Jaisimha, entertained the children as well as their parents.
The event also had educative sessions by Shaila S. Bhattacharyya, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and Diabetologist from Manipal Hospital, and Anjana Hulse, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and Diabetologist from Apollo Hospital.