Melissa is a 6-year-old girl who has been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her physician has ordered a treatment regimen that includes blood glucose monitoring and regular insulin injections four times a day. Melissa and her parents have presented to the medical clinic for follow-up and teaching regarding Melissa’s condition and care needs.
- Discuss the impact of Melissa’s diet on her diabetes management. What additional areas should be included in teaching Melissa’s parents about managing her diabetes?
- Melissa’s father makes the following statement: “I guess it would be better to err on the side of giving her too much insulin rather than not enough.” How should the nurse respond to this statement? Also, describe the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia that the nurse should teach Melissa’s parents, including the potential effects of hypoglycemia on Melissa’s health.