We all need a night off now and then — but finding a trusted substitute caregiver for a child with type 1 diabetes can be nerve-wracking to say the least. (Tip: Try contacting your local JDRF or American Diabetes Association chapter for qualified recommendations. Safesittings.com is another service that connects teens who have type 1 diabetes with families who need babysitters that understand type 1.)

“The babysitter should be trained in type 1 care tasks before he or she stays with your child,” says Ruth S. Pupo, R.D., C.D.E., a certified diabetes educator at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. While you’re away, it may be helpful to leave a reference sheet with the details of your child’s specific care routine as well as contact info for you and your child’s doctors. Here’s one sample that’s ready to print out and fill in — you can download it here. You may want to customize the list for your child’s specific needs.

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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