Regular doctor’s visits are a fact of life when your child has diabetes, and once you get into the groove of managing type 1 at home, checkups can start to feel routine. But there’s always room for improvement, whether it’s tighter blood sugar control or looking forward to the next set of changes in your growing child’s life. Now’s a great time to use your New Year’s resolve to get the most out of each and every doctor’s visit, and transform good care into great care.

Since your time with your doctor is limited, it’s best to be well prepared. “Write down any questions, concerns, or notable events in a notebook or binder as they pop up throughout the days and weeks between appointments. That way, you’ll have all your notes in one place and won’t forget anything,” says certified diabetes educator Marlisa Brown. Just before your appointment, pull out and organize the info your doctor is likely to ask for along with the issues you’d like to bring up. To help make it easier, we’ve created a sample printable checklist to fill out and bring with you (along with the records from your insulin pump and/or your own logs), here.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.

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