Diabetes

Twin brothers enjoying diabetes-friendly apples

Adjusting to life with diabetes is manageable, and children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can do everything other kids without diabetes can. Our comprehensive program for children with diabetes includes the total care experience. From diagnosis to providing education and support, we will help your child get into the habit of managing their disease each day without missing a beat at being a kid.

 
Learn More About Our Care for Children With Diabetes

When your child has a condition like Type 1 diabetes (previously called juvenile diabetes) or Type 2, it can affect your entire family’s routines, schedules, and even meal planning.

Our Nemours board-certified pediatric endocrinologists are specially trained in helping families learn to successfully manage diabetes. Our teams of experts — including certified diabetes educators, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, licensed clinical social workers, and others — will provide the tools, a personalized treatment plan for your child, and ongoing education and support you need to help ensure your child maintains a healthy lifestyle.

Pensacola

Nemours Children's Clinic, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4700

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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Division of Endocrinology

Phone: (850) 505-4745
Fax: (850) 505-4756
Weekends/evenings/after hours: 1-800-SOS-KIDS

It’s important that your child with diabetes be seen by one of our pediatric endocrinologists or nurse practitioners every three to four months.

Seasonal Care for Children with Diabetes

We offer influenza vaccines during flu season (October through February) for children with diabetes and adrenal disorders.

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Medication Refills & Lab Work for Appointments
Medication Refills

Request medication refills at the time you make your appointment – requests may take 48 hours to complete.

When calling for a refill, include:

  • your child’s name
  • medication name and dosage
  • pharmacy name and phone number
  • prescriptions will not be refilled if you have not been seen in our clinic in the last six months
Patient Labs

Before your appointment: If labs were ordered for your child, please have them drawn 48-hours prior to your scheduled visit.

After your appointment: Allow two weeks for lab results. Normal lab results will be sent in writing and posted on MyNemours. Abnormal labs will be discussed by phone or at follow-up appointment with your doctor.

 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
 
Diabetes Handouts & Support Information
Diabetes Guides & Logs
Your Child’s “Every Day” Checklist

Because an emergency can happen anywhere, being prepared is important. Depending on your child’s insulin regimen – injections or pump therapy – the following items should be part of your child’s “Every Day Pack” and carried by you and your child at all times:

  • medic-alert bracelet (worn by your child always)
  • glucagon emergency kit
  • blood sugar meter and vial of test strips
  • insulin pen or vial of insulin
  • syringes and extra batteries and pump supplies (if using vials or insulin pump)
  • alcohol wipes
  • ketostix or blood ketone strips and meter
  • emergency glucose sources: glucose tablets or gel, small juice box, bottled water, small box of raisins, or Lifesavers 
  • portable snack – cheese crackers or granola bar
  • current list of all insulin: carbohydrate ratios, correction factor
  • extra batteries for your meter
  • emergency phone numbers
  • CalorieKing book
  • calculator

Sometimes a diagnosis of diabetes can feel like it came out of nowhere. And when it’s your child diagnosed with the disease, it can throw you completely off guard. We understand how you feel – you want answers and you want immediate help for your child. At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists are experienced in giving you the answers you need, and the help you want for your child.

Our diabetes team of pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and mental health counselors, care for children diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes). We have the resources and expertise to evaluate your child’s condition, diagnose, and with your help, determine the right treatment plan for your child.

 
What to Expect From Our Diabetes Care

Once your child has been evaluated by our pediatric endocrinologists and diagnosed with diabetes, you and your child will meet with members of our diabetes care specialists to develop the right diabetes care treatment plan for your child. These sessions will continue for as long as needed to help you and your child build the confidence to manage the disease.

Some of the educational topics we’ll discuss with you and your child will include:
  • being prepared
  • making some adjustments mainly with food choices
  • proper care
  • checking blood sugar levels throughout the day
  • insulin therapy
  • healthy snacking and meals
  • talking to your friends, family, caregivers, and others about diabetes

Soon, you and your child will feel comfortable with incorporating diabetes care – learning what’s normal for their blood sugar levels, and most importantly, learning that living with diabetes is manageable.

 
Comprehensive Diabetes Services

At Nemours, our diabetes care for your child is ongoing. In addition to your child’s initial diabetes education and follow-up appointments, we offer:

  • in-office hemoglobin A1c testing
  • access to 24-hour, on-call support for diabetes emergencies
  • convenient blood sugar reporting by fax or phone
  • inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • information about the latest technologies and treatments
  • individualized diabetes education from American Diabetes Association-accredited programs
  • nutrition and weight management counseling
  • links to support groups for children with diabetes and their families
  • access to other Nemours specialists, if needed to care for your child’s condition
 
Diabetes Education Classes
Requires a referral from your child's endocrinologist.
  • New Onset Diabetes: designed for recently diabetes patients, and includes information on hypoglycemia, sick-day management, flexible insulin therapy
  • Pattern Management: review blood glucose targets, Hemoglobin A1c goals by age in order to achieve long-term good health, and to review blood sugar trends so that insulin therapy can be adjusted to achieve more normal levels
  • Carbohydrate Counting for Type 1 Diabetes: basic carbohydrate counting, including identifying carbohydrates, assessing labels, and measuring portions
  • Carbohydrate Counting for Type 2 Diabetes: carbohydrate counting and portion control, healthy eating, and the importance of weight loss and exercise in managing Type 2 diabetes
  • Pump Orientation: insulin pump therapy candidates have the opportunity to review different pumps, the infusion set, and learn about what is required of those on insulin pump therapy
  • Advance Pump: required class for patients on insulin pump therapy which includes instruction on how to use basal therapy – insulin administered constantly to keep blood glucose from fluctuating, and bolus therapy – insulin that mimics the secretions of the pancreas in response to increases in blood glucose
 
National Recognition for Our Diabetes Care and Education

Our pediatric diabetes program is an accredited Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association. This means our pediatric diabetes educators are providing high-quality information and care to children with diabetes and support to their families.

 
Latest Diabetes Therapies

Some of the latest treatment therapies we offer to children with diabetes include:

Insulin Pump Therapy

A microcomputer designed to provide a constant supply of insulin, mimicking the job of the pancreas. It’s convenient, flexible, and accurate, and requires extensive training for your child with diabetes to learn how to use it properly and prevent complications. Both you and your child will be required to attend educational classes before being considered for insulin pump therapy.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and I-Pro

Similar in size to a pager, these devices require a small, sensor to be inserted into the skin which measures blood sugars nearly continuously. They provide:

  • “real-time” glucose readings
  • alarms when blood sugar is approaching dangerously high or low levels
  • information about blood glucose trends