For parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, "worry" is an understatement
Every parent worries. But for parents of kids with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the word "worry" may not go far enough. Lisa O. finds the struggle for balance—especially when away from her son—all too real. "As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I feel it's my job to make sure my son is healthy, even if I'm not with him. It's a constant worry," said Lisa.
Lisa's experience isn't unique. In fact, a recent survey reveals that parents of T1D children experience a range of issues—54% experienced tension headaches, 40% reported anxiety attacks, 37% experienced lack of concentration and 32% said they'd lost their temper with their children.1
For families like Lisa's, who work hard to face and solve the everyday challenges of living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association emphasizes the importance of walking a fine line between caring and hovering, especially as a child enters the tween and teen years.2 Lisa offers, "My son would probably agree that I still struggle with checking on him too much about his diabetes. My husband and I are still learning to let him be the young man he's supposed to be."
Staying connected without getting in the way
What if there were a way to help reduce the stress parents experience when they're away from their children with diabetes? A whopping 96% of T1D parents agreed it would help alleviate their worries if they could remotely check their child's blood sugar when they're not physically together.1
The Accu-Chek® Connect system is designed to offer that peace of mind by allowing parents to confidently stay in the know when children are out of reach.3 The system includes the Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter, an app available for Apple and Android devices, and an online portal. As a result, children, parents and healthcare providers can view, share and access blood sugar data anytime—even when they aren't together. The app also includes an insulin calculator that makes it easy to calculate how much insulin is needed at each meal.4
"The availability of a diabetes management system that allows me to see my son's blood glucose levels, how he's tracking and how he's eating—from virtually anywhere, without constantly calling and texting my son—would certainly put my mind at ease," said Lisa.
1Roche Accu-Chek Connect survey conducted by Wakefield Research. QuickRead report, 500 U.S. parents of children with type 1 diabetes. June, 2015.
2American Diabetes Association. Communicating with your child. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/family-com.... Accessed January 25, 2017.
3Transmission limitations of text messaging may not always allow for real-time patient monitoring.
4The Bolus Advisor feature requires setup and activation by a healthcare professional.