Pediatric Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common long-term conditions in children and teens.

At Banner Children's, we know that a diagnosis of diabetes in a child can be very difficult for families. That is why we are here to help you cope with this lifelong disease and help you learn how to safely care for your child.

Our compassionate team includes pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, social workers and child life specialists. They will provide you with the education and resources you need and are dedicated to helping you and your child learn how to successfully manage all types of pediatric diabetes.

What Type of Diabetes Is Most Common in Children?

Most kids who have diabetes have type 1. Having type 1 diabetes means that your body does not make insulin — a hormone that helps turn the food you eat into energy. No one knows exactly why people get type 1 diabetes, but we do know that you can control it and live a long, healthy life.

Some kids may get type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin, but the insulin just doesn't work well. Children who are inactive or overweight are more likely to get type 2. They may prevent type 2 diabetes if they are careful about what they eat and are more active.

What Outpatient Pediatric Diabetes Care Is Available for My Child?

Our outpatient diabetes program is customized to fit your needs. The sessions are individualized and include time with a pediatric diabetes educator and pediatric registered dietitian. Our child life specialists are also available for 1-on-1 sessions. If you are interested in having your child treated through our outpatient program, please get your child's doctors to fill out our referral form. Once we have your referral, we will work with you to set up an appointment and enroll you in our Diabetes Training Program.

Are There Also Inpatient Pediatric Diabetes Services Available for My Child?

If your child is hospitalized for diabetes or complications of this condition, our Banner Children's specialists are here to provide a variety of inpatient services. Our pediatric endocrinologists, nurses and other team members are specially trained to care for our young patients with diabetes while they are in our care.

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