9 May 2016 – Clinicians host a fun day out for children with diabetes
A fun day is being planned by a team from Airedale Hospital to give young people with diabetes and their parents the chance to get extra support through networking with other families.
The team of paediatric consultants, specialist paediatric diabetes nurses and a specialist diabetes paediatric dietitian have planned an outing to the outdoor centre High Adventure, in Cowling, on 14 May, so that the children can enjoy activities such as sumo wrestling, using high ropes and archery whilst their parents share any problems and exchange ideas.
Over 100 children from the hospital’s catchment area including East Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales, have been invited to take part in the first event of its kind planned by the team. Over lunch there will be a talk about new technologies to help children manage their condition. The event will be part-funded from the paediatric trust fund at Airedale Hospital which includes donations from patients.
Usually the format of the team’s annual event is an educational evening for parents with topics such as encouraging children to have a healthy weight and insulin pumps.
“We hoped to try and encourage more families to take part in our event by doing something a bit different this time,” said Laura Rowe, specialist dietitian for diabetes from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
“It will be a chance for the parents to chat to others who also have children with diabetes and develop a support network and hopefully pick up more information about living with the condition.
”Each child may be the only one in their whole school with the condition and we hope this event will help show them that it doesn’t need to stop them having fun and doing adventurous activities.”
Laura warned that diabetes is a serious condition and children can become dangerously unwell from misdiagnosis of Type 1 diabetes requiring an emergency hospital admission. The vast majority of children with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes, but some are now developing Type 2 which has symptoms that can be easier to miss as the condition develops more slowly.
The most common symptoms of diabetes in children are:
Going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child or heavier nappies in babies
Being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
Feeling more tired than usual
Losing weight or looking thinner than usual.
For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/The4Ts