TEEN TOPICS – WEEK 76:  Have you ever done any babysitting?  If so, did you tell the parents that you have T1?  If you haven’t done any babysitting, do you think that parents need to know if their babysitter has T1?

Annelies (age 15)
I believe the parents have a right to know, so they know just in case something happens. It’s important for someone of authority to know so if an emergency happens, they know why or what to do.

Andrew (age 15)
Personally, I have never babysat, but I do think it is important to ensure the parents of the child be fully aware of what your diabetes means and how capable you are of handling your diabetes. As long as you tell the parents you’re diabetic, the possible complications of diabetes (so they know what they’re getting into), and you ensure them you’re capable of taking care of your diabetes, you should be fine.

Cameron (age 18)
I have never babysat, but I do think it is important to tell someone if you have T1. They need to know who they are leaving their kids in the hands of. I mean if I had my kids with a babysitter and came home to find a syringe in the trash can, I wouldn’t be too happy. This is why they should know if you have T1 if you’re babysitting.

Caroline (age 15)
I babysit a lot. It took me some time to work up some courage to be comfortable with watching other children that weren’t my siblings and making sure that my blood sugar was in range so that I had the maximum ability to make the best decisions possible for the care of the children. I try to make sure my blood sugar is as stable as possible when I’m babysitting so I can make the best decisions. I always talk to the parents before they leave and let them know that I have Type 1 diabetes. I explain what that is, what it means for me, and what my methods of care are while I am babysitting. If the children are old enough, I always show them where my low supplies are so that they know if something were to happen.

Christina (age 15)
No, I haven’t done any babysitting yet. I do believe that the parents you are babysitting for need to know you have diabetes just so they are aware in case of emergency. However, it doesn’t need to be a big deal; you can just say, “I just want to let you know I have T1D. But I am fully capable of taking care of myself and should have no problems. But I just would like to be upfront with you about it.” It’s better for them to know in case you have a hypo and you pass out and they walk in.

Claire (age 18)
I have done a lot of babysitting, and it’s courtesy to let the parents know of your, possibly, life threatening illness, because they need to know and be able to decide whether they want to take you on as a babysitter. However, most parents aren’t rude and won’t hire a diabetic, they ask questions, and get to understand your situation better, at least from my experience. The great part though is when you get to babysit other diabetic kids, which I’ve done, and being able to help them with their stuff is so cool, and educational, because every kid has a different set up, system, and way to get insulin.

Erin (age 18)
I have babysat and the parents knew because I used to hang out/ play with the kids.

Haley (age 14)
The only babysitting I’ve done so far is for my siblings and cousins. If I were to babysit for someone outside of my family, I think they should be aware that I’m diabetic. I don’t think being T1D should prevent me from babysitting, but I would want them to at least know why I’m carrying syringes with me and doing injections or bg checks.

Ian (age 15)
I have only done cat sitting. However, I believe that the parents should only know if the babysitter would be unable to fulfill his/her duties.

Jordan (age 19)
I have babysat for the boy down the street, because he also has T1.  That is why his parents asked me to babysit.  If I babysat for someone else, I would definitely tell them that I have diabetes.  I think they have a right to know if the person charged with caring for the child has a medical condition that could affect their care.
Julia (age 15)
I haven’t done any babysitting but I would absolutely let the parents know about my diabetes.

Laura (age 18)

I have never babysat before, other than my nephews, but my whole family is aware that I have T1. I don’t think it’s the utmost importance that the parents know about T1. Unless the person babysitting feels as if they aren’t under stable control of their diabetes, I don’t really think it’s a big deal because they can just take care of themselves. It doesn’t hurt to let them know, though.

Lexi (age 16)
Most babysitting I’ve done is with my mom’s friend who knows I have diabetes and the kid was definitely able to understand this type of stuff so they both knew my issue and all that comes with it.

Maggie (age 17)
I have babysat before. The parents knew I was a diabetic and I babysit for a diabetic so I take care of him and myself. You should let the parent know that you’re t1d just in case of emergency.

Vanessa (age 16)
I have never, and if I have it’s been with another friend there and it wasn’t my job I was just helping my friend. I definitely think the parents should know, and I think they should also know if the person takes care of them self just so that they know there’s not a big chance of something bad happening to their babysitter while they’re gone and that the attention is on their kids.

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