New onset diabetes education
We understand that a new diagnosis of diabetes comes with a lot of information for parents and caregivers to absorb. That’s why Children’s Mercy is one of just a few diabetes centers nationwide to provide outpatient new onset diabetes education to children older than four and their families.
If your child is experiencing a new diagnosis of diabetes, you'll receive personalized training at three outpatient visits over the course of one month.
This approach gives you time to process information in between your visits with your care team, which includes a physician, certified diabetes educators (nurse and dietitian) and a social worker. The team is available to you by phone and patient portal for questions that come up between your visits.
Right after a new diagnosis of diabetes, we’ll set up an appointment time for your first educational visit.
At your initial visit, you’ll see a doctor first thing, and then spend the day in classes full of resources and instructions on things you need to know right away, such as planning meals and snacks and how to check your child’s blood glucose levels.
Our certified diabetes educators will help you every step of the way. They’ll act as your guide while you learn how to handle the everyday details of diabetes care.
One to two weeks after that, you’ll come back to see your doctor, learn more about managing your child’s diabetes and ask any questions about your experiences since your first visit.
Our goal is to help you feel as prepared as possible to help your child as you work together to manage their diabetes.
The outpatient sessions work well for most families. However, children under four, or those who come to Children’s Mercy with diabetic ketoacidosis or other complications, will be admitted to the hospital, where our education team will teach you throughout your child’s hospital stay.
During your education we will explain how to use diabetes management calculators to manage insulin and ketones. Follow the links below for quick access to the calculators.