A child with juvenile diabetes and his brother

Adjusting to life with diabetes is manageable, and children with juvenile diabetes (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 Juvenile Diabetes and Type 2 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 both juvenile diabetes and Type 2 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.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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For Appointments

Phone: (904) 697-3759
Fax: (904) 697-3895

Weekends/after hours: (904) 697-3600

Routine blood sugar records and non-urgent questions:
Email diabetescenter@bmcjax.com or call the blood sugar reporting line
at (904) 202-8547.

Test results: (904) 697-3759 (Please wait one week after labs have been done)

For imaging: X-rays, ultrasound, and blood lab draws call: (904) 697-3405

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
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patients
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
You can also bring (if available):
  • all outside records
  • growth curves/charts
  • X-rays
  • laboratory results
  • glucose meter
  • insulin pump
  • any forms required for school, camp, sports, etc.
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patient Forms
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Diabetes Logs & Worksheets
Medication Refills

Please request medication refills at the time you make your appointment – requests may take 48 hours to complete. Also, prescriptions will not be refilled if you have not been seen in our clinic in the past six months.

When calling for a refill, include:

  • your child’s name
  • medication name
  • phone number
Diabetes Education & Support
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 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 test strips
  • insulin pen needles or syringes
  • vials of insulin or insulin pens
  • extra batteries and pump supplies
  • alcohol wipes
  • ketone strips (urine or blood)
  • emergency glucose sources: glucose tablets or gel, small juice box or bottled water, small box of raisins, or Lifesavers
  • portable snack – cheese crackers or granola bar
  • current list of all insulin doses (carbohydrate ratios, correction doses, long-acting insulin doses)
  • extra batteries for your meter
  • emergency phone numbers
  • CalorieKing or other informational book
  • calculator
Support Service for Families

As a parent, you naturally know what it takes to provide and care for your child – how to keep your child safe and healthy. But when you’re faced with news that your child has juvenile diabetes (Type 1) or Type 2 diabetes you may feel lost, not knowing what to do next.

At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists and other diabetes experts understand. We treat infants, kids, and teens with both juvenile diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, as well as maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) – a form of diabetes typically inherited from a parent – and, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

As a certified Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), we’re prepared to help you and your child manage the disease with ongoing support, education, care, and access to the latest diabetes information, treatments, and trials.

Helping Your Child Adjust to Life With Diabetes

Even though diabetes will bring some changes to kids’ lives, it shouldn’t affect much of their daily activities and routine. Soon, you and your child will feel comfortable with the diabetes routine – learning what’s average for their blood sugar levels, and most importantly, learning that living with either juvenile diabetes or Type 2 diabetes is doable.

Providing Individualized Care to Children With Diabetes

A diagnosis of juvenile diabetes brings with it some changes to your child’s and your family’s routine. Our pediatric diabetes program uses a family-centered team approach to helping your child build the confidence needed to manage the disease.

Once your child is diagnosed with diabetes, our team of diabetes experts will work with your family and your child to develop a treatment plan geared especially for your child. At first, you and your child will participate in frequent education and support classes to help you both gain the confidence you need to manage diabetes.

At each visit, our diabetes specialists will:
  • review how to check blood sugar levels throughout the day
  • analyze glucose trends
  • adjust insulin doses
  • review diet intake and the importance of healthy snacking and meals
Our comprehensive ongoing care includes:
  • Diabetes education: individualized training for children, teens, and families regarding all aspects of diabetes care including pathogenesis, insulin action, insulin administration techniques, home glucose monitoring, treatment of hypo-and hyperglycemia, exercise, diet, and complications
  • Insulin management: one-on-one sessions about insulin dosing with mathematical examples of calculations
  • Hypoglycemia management: identifying symptoms, oral management with carbohydrate replacement, use of glucagon injections
  • Dietary and nutrition counseling: learn about healthy cardiovascular diabetic diet as sponsored by the ADA, meal portions, carbohydrate counting, and glycemic index
  • 24-hour, on-call coverage for diabetes-related emergencies
  • Full-time counselor for prompt individual and family counseling
  • Specialized program for children with poorly controlled diabetes management

In addition to our care, we’ll give you diabetes resources from the ADA and other respected sources, to help you and others who care for your child when you’re not around know how to manage your child’s diabetes.

Your Child’s Diabetes Care Team
Our experience staff includes:
  • board-certified pediatric endocrinologists
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • certified diabetes educators
  • dietitians
  • licensed clinical social workers
  • endocrinology fellows (board certified pediatricians training to become endocrinologists)
Center of Excellence for Our Diabetes Care

Our pediatric diabetes education program is a certified Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association. This distinction comes in recognition of our efforts to provide a high standard of diabetes care and education in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one of the many health providers we partner with to offer top-quality, comprehensive care.

Also, our pediatric diabetes education program was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Recognition (2009-2013) by the ADA for our Diabetes Self-Management Education program. This recognition means our diabetes center meets national standards for diabetes education, ensuring children with diabetes and their families receive quality and comprehensive diabetes self-management education.

Treatments and Therapies For Children With Diabetes

Our resources offer children and families unmatched quality of care through system-wide research efforts and clinical studies. Some of the latest treatment therapies we offer include:

Insulin Pump Therapy

A microcomputer designed to provide a constant supply of insulin, as well as boluses of insulin with meals and when blood sugars are high, mimicking the job of the pancreas. It’s convenient, flexible, and accurate, and requires an extensive training process to learn how to use it properly and to prevent complications.

To be considered for pump therapy, you and your child must attend several educational sessions before and after pump therapy begins. Also, your child is required to stay at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for observation one day while insulin is placed in the pump for the first time and your child’s blood glucose is monitored.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Similar in size to a pager that can be attached to a belt or waistband, this device requires a small “sensor” to be inserted into the skin around the abdomen area. The sensor is connected to a small transmitter that automatically records glucose readings every 1 to 5 minutes and up to 7 days, depending on the manufacturer. These types of devices provide “real-time” glucose readings alarms when blood sugar is approaching too high or too low levels.

Classes For Children With Diabetes
Individualized Diabetes Education and Support (IDEAS) Clinic

A support group for teens with diabetes to help them improve diabetes management and offer support. The class meets at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville on the 6th floor, the last Wednesday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The group discusses different topics, such as the emotional side of living with diabetes, healthy coping, carbohydrate counting, stress management, and more.

To request a referral from your child’s pediatric endocrinologists, call
(904) 697-3031 or kkerins@nemours.org.

Insulin Pump Class

An informative monthly class for children with diabetes considering insulin pump therapy.

Camps & Community Support for Children with Diabetes
Renowned Care For Children With Diabetes

Because of our dedicated physicians’ and scientists’ extensive research efforts, children diagnosed with multiple endocrine disorders from throughout the United States and abroad are referred to Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville to get expert care and advice of our pediatric endocrinologists.

Training the Next Generation of Pediatric Endocrinology Experts

Our Nemours pediatric endocrinologists actively participate in a Pediatric Fellowship Training Program in collaboration with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine to train the next generation of pediatric endocrinologists.