Teaching your Diabetic Teen to Party Safely
It seems as though once our kids become teenagers, there is a party every weekend that they are invited to. However, when your teen has diabetes, it is important for them to understand the dangers that lurk around every corner. All parents go through the lectures about drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes with their kids, but when the teenager has diabetes, these dangers take on a whole new meaning for their health.
When they reach the age that they are going to parties with their friends, you may want to consider making an appointment with their doctor so that they can also explain the dangers that your teen could be facing. Drugs and alcohol can have strange effects on our bodies. When you are diabetic, the effects are compounded when there is a drop in blood glucose levels. This is not only dangerous but can become life threatening if the teen is not mentally aware of what is happening.
Although it is not legal to drink alcohol until the age of 21, there is always the possibility that there is going to be alcohol at a party or two that your teen attends. For this reason, it is very important that they understand the risks before they go in order to keep their health in check and stay safe. Your teen’s doctor will be able to explain effects that all of these things can have on their body and their health. Although they may roll their eyes and feel as though they are getting a lecture, their doctor will be able to give more information as to why these things are even more dangerous because of their diabetes than they are to fully healthy teens.
Once they have had their meeting, ask your teen if they understand everything that the doctor has explained so you know that they understand what to do. Of course, you do not want to sound like a parent that is yapping at their heels, as that will just irritate them and they will not listen. Teenagers can be very stubborn at times.
When your teen is getting ready to go out to a party, remind them that they should wear their medical ID bracelet just in case something were to happen. If they prefer, they can wear a necklace instead so it can be hidden. Peer pressure is a hard thing for kids to deal with no matter what the age. If your teen does not want to tell the world that they are diabetic, they can simply decline drugs, alcohol and even cigarettes by saying that they are the designated driver for their friends, or that they simply do not want to drink. Even going with a friend that knows the situation can be helpful, because in case something does happen, there will be someone that is aware.
Starting these good habits while they are young is important, as it will follow over into college and when they become adults. They can have a good time but be responsible while out.
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