Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

For Appointments

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (302) 651-5965
Fax: (302) 651-5419

U.S.News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals: Diabetes & Endocrinology

Weekends/holidays/after hours: (302) 651-4000
(Ask for the endocrinologist on call)
Email for routine blood sugar records and non-urgent questions: diabetesnemours@nemours.org

 
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
Also, bring (if available):
  • any pertinent outside records and lab results
  • written blood sugar records and glucose meters
 
Forms & Resources
Diabetes Self-Management Education
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Medication Refills

Please request medication refills at the time of your appointment – phone-in requests may take up to 48-hours to complete. Also, prescriptions may not be refilled if you have not been seen in our endocrine staff in the past six months.

When calling for a refill, include:

  • your child’s name
  • date of birth
  • contact information
  • medication name
  • pharmacy phone number
 
Diabetes Education, Community Resources & Support
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

The mission of our program is to provide comprehensive education and guidance from our multi-disciplinary care team. Our goal is to make sure your child with diabetes, and your family achieve optimal physical and psychosocial health for optimal long-term successful diabetes management.

  • Diabetes Networking Nights: This family-oriented support event is hosted by the Division of Endocrinology, and provides educational opportunities, entertainment, activities, support, and camaraderie for patients and families.
  • New Onset Diabetes Education: Geared toward families with a newly diagnosed child with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The 4-hour session (taught by a registered dietitian and nurses) provides comprehensive information on daily diabetes management.
  • Refresher Education: Available to children with diabetes and their families who need follow-up education or a refresher class on daily diabetes management.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: This session is run by our registered dietitians and is available to both you and your child. Follow-up sessions are available at any time, but recommended at least once a year.
  • Insulin Pump Education: When children with diabetes and their families meet certain criteria for pump therapy, required classes are held to initiate pump therapy.
  • CGM Devices: Patients and families can choose to be placed on a 3-day blood glucose monitoring device or purchase their own I-Pro for home use. This technology provides blood sugar checks every few minutes and can provide vital information on blood sugar control and areas needing adjustment.
  • GetWellNetwork: Children with diabetes who are admitted to the hospital, can watch and learn — along with their parents — about what to expect from their condition through interactive, patient care videos created by Nemours’ KidsHealth.org and GetWellNetwork.
  • Diabetes Camps in the Tri-State Area (PDF): See a list of camps for children with diabetes.
Your Child’s “Every Day” Diabetes Checklist

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

  • medic-alert bracelet (worn by your child always)
  • glucagon emergency kit
  • blood sugar meter, lancets, and test strips
  • insulin pen or syringes
  • vial of short-acting insulin (Humalog, Novolog or Apidra)
  • alcohol wipes
  • ketone strips (urine or blood)
  • fast-acting carbohydrate sources: 3-4 glucose tablets or gel, small juice box, small box of raisins, or 5 Gummy savers
  • portable snack, like cheese crackers or granola bar and bottled water
  • current list of all insulin: carbohydrate ratios, correction factor
  • extra batteries for your meter
  • emergency phone numbers
  • CalorieKing book
  • calculator
  • if using insulin pump, extra batteries and pump supplies
Support Service for Families

As a parent, we know it’s not easy for you to hear your child has Type 1 (previously known as juvenile diabetes) or Type 2 diabetes. And, although it’s natural to be worried and concerned about what lies ahead, the pediatric diabetes experts at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, are prepared to help you and your child learn to live with the disease.

While diabetes requires daily maintenance, it is manageable. Our team of board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, counselors, and licensed clinical social workers, will help your child and your family, learn to make diabetes a natural part of their life — focusing on what they can do rather than what they can’t.

Caring for Your Child With Diabetes and Your Family

At Nemours, we believe you’re your child’s best advocate for helping your child feel comfortable with the diabetes routine. That’s why we value your input. You can count on our ongoing care and support for as long as needed.

In addition to education provided during your inpatient stay, you and your child will meet with our diabetes educators and registered dietitians to learn about:

  • how to check and track blood sugar levels
  • insulin management and how to make adjustments
  • preventing and treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • how nutrition plays a role and the importance of carbohydrate counting
  • how to manage blood sugars with exercise
  • with your permission, we will work with your child’s school nurse to help manage blood sugars during the school day

Latest Therapies for Children With Diabetes

At duPont Hospital for Children, we offer children with diabetes the latest treatment options such as:

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, but requires extensive training to learn how to use it properly and to prevent complications.

There is certain criteria that must be met in order to be a pump candidate. Talk to your endocrinologist or nurse practitioner about your readiness for insulin pumping.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and I-Pro Devices

Similar in size to the Insulin Pump, these devices require a small, thin needle inserted in 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

You will need to talk to your endocrine provider and check with your insurance provider before considering or beginning these treatment options.

National Awards and Recognitions for Our Diabetes Program

The Diabetes Education Program at duPont Hospital Children is accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). To promote quality education for people with diabetes, the ADA endorses the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education for accreditation. This special recognition means that our certified diabetes educators are providing high-quality information and care to children with diabetes and their families.

Center of Excellence for Our Pediatric Diabetes Care

At duPont Hospital for Children, we’re one of only 70 diabetes centers out of thousands nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence for Medtronic Diabetes care. This is an exclusive recognition for diabetes programs that advocate proper use and education for insulin pump therapy and glucose monitoring. Also, the Center of Excellence designation recognizes our healthcare providers for their efficient management and administrative services of our pediatric diabetes program.