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Type 1 diabetes in young people

Children under 16 with type 1 diabetes get care from a children's diabetes team

The diabetes team will teach you about your child's diabetes. They will support you and help you manage it.

They will help you with learning to:

They can also give advice to your child's school or childcare to help staff understand and manage type 1 diabetes.

When your child is between 16 and 18 they will move to an adolescent or adult service.


You'll have appointments with the care team every 1 or 2 weeks at first.

You will continue to have routine appointments to learn skills to manage your child's diabetes. For example, to help you adjust insulin doses and count carbohydrates.

You will have fewer appointments as feel more confident managing your child's type 1 diabetes.

Page last reviewed: 17 October 2023
Next review due: 17 October 2026

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.