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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Making Mealtime Happier

Topic Overview

Some tips to make mealtimes more pleasant when your young child has type 1 diabetes:

  • Set up expectations (and consequences) for staying at the table during mealtime.
  • Keep mealtimes positive and enjoyable.
  • Offer a variety of healthy choices to your child.


  • Preparing an alternative meal during or shortly after a meal.
  • Frequently reminding your child to eat (during the meal).
  • Punishing your child for not eating.
  • Giving "sweets" or other foods as rewards.
  • Offering dessert only if another food is finished or the child "cleans" his or her plate.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian

Current as ofMarch 13, 2017

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