• Make sure your child’s diet pattern and carbohydrate intake complements his insulin regime
  • A balanced meal plan is key
  • Combine starches with a protein or dairy and add some vegetables too
  • Learn about Carbohydrate counting
  • Get to know your GI’s. Choose low-GI carbohydrates when not exercising and a high-GI carbohydrate straight after an exercise session
  • Read food labels and aim to choose foods/snacks that contain less than 5 g of sugar and less than 5 g of fat per 100 g serving
  • Motivate participation in exercise
  • Monitor weight and growth every 6 months
  • Have regular meal times where your family sit down and eat together. This helps with establishing better eating practices and monitoring of food intake
  • And remember family involvement and support is essential
  • Visit your local dietician for individual advice tailored to your child’s requirements, growth, lifestyle, activities and insulin regime