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    I am interested in opening an in home day care that specialises in care for children with diabetes, and possibly other food related illnesses i.e. celiac, peanut allergy etc. I would like input on any thoughts, concerns, etc on this idea/subject. Thanks

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    William is a type 1 diabetic and has a peanut allergy (touch allergic).

    Just curious if you have any experience with allergies as well as the diabetes? The peanut allergy or any anaphylactic allergy is very different than celiac. I would think it is a good niche market if you are in a big enough city especially.
    Carol G.
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    and mom to Rod (15) not D

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    Quote Originally Posted by selketine
    William is a type 1 diabetic and has a peanut allergy (touch allergic).

    Just curious if you have any experience with allergies as well as the diabetes? The peanut allergy or any anaphylactic allergy is very different than celiac. I would think it is a good niche market if you are in a big enough city especially.
    just a quick reply. I have experience in all of your questions... I have type one diabetes for more than thirteen years. I have worked at several camps for children with special needs; including juvinal diabetes. I also have close family member with sever peanut allergy. he is touch and airborne reactive.

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    HA! Where were you when I needed you? My son has Type 1, Celiac and peanut/fish/egg allergies!

    I don't know how well it would go for you, I guess it depends on how many Diabetics live near you and need daycare. You could always advertise and see how it goes! Good luck.

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    We don't know if William is airborne reactive or not - I don't want to find out!

    Where I live there are rules for opening a home daycare - a person has to have training and get a license and so forth. If you haven't already check and see if your city/county has those requirements. And perhaps someone there could tell you if you are allowed to advertise as being able to care for certain special needs - like type 1 and allergies - and if so, are you somehow more liable if something goes wrong. I assume you could take fewer kids and charge more than a regular home daycare.

    With diabetic kids you could use the type of forms schools use - that put out the details in a health care plan for each kid.

    With food allergic children the big thing would be, of course, control of what food comes into your home. You'd probably need to prepare all the food to assure it was safe for everyone. Kids wouldn't generally be able to bring lunch or snacks with them.

    I'd think you could advertise with the local pedi endos in your area too.

    Good luck! Sounds like a great service
    Carol G.
    mom to William, age 11, dx'd 3/04 and started pumping 10/04 - Animas 1200. Animas Ping started 01/09; cgms Navigator start 4/6/09; RIP Navigator 9-1-11, Dexcom 7+start 10/11, G4 start 11/12.
    and mom to Rod (15) not D

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    i think its a great idea.. make sure you look into all the requirements and rules, regualtions, and insurances needed/.. great idea
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    Sean age 7 non diabetic, but positive for all 3 antibodies ( iaa, gad 65 and IA2 and the HLA gene is unprotected...

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    That DOES sound like a great service. The public daycare centers here are "obligated" to take diabetic kids, but we're just going to wait until he's 3 and starts preschool because I'm too nervous about leaving my son with someone with no or limited diabetes experience. I think you'll get lots of business!
    Melissa

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    FYI to all- I am going through the necessary channel to get my in home state licence and community CPR. There are limits here for the number of children in the home at a time, but I think when word gets out the idea could possibly take off. I've also contacted the ADA for all/any additional information. Thanks for all the input.

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    If I had an option like this I would probably use it!
    I think the key would be a very low number of kids. I can't imagine having more than 3-4 toddlers that all need insulin and blood sugar tests at every meal and snack. You could end up spending a significant amount of time drawing up insulin, learning new pumps and trying not to confuse what lancet belongs to whom... sounds like a lot to take on. But it will be great if you can do it!
    Amy
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    I think I would start out too by not taking more than one or two diabetic kids. I'm guessing the kids you have will be very young - 5 and under. I know you have experience with yourself and kids at camp but I think really young kids can be a different sort of challenge. William, for example, does not recognize his lows AT ALL - it is very hard to catch! He can also have huge drops quickly and is very sensitive to insulin. Toddlers have all sorts of quirks with diabetes that I think many little kids have!

    Having a fewer # of diabetic kids at least at first would give you some time to get used to it. I can't personally imagine the challenges too that a diabetic infant (say an 8 month old) would present! Another option would be to offer before and after school care - the older kids might be easier. Many folks around me do both - have before and after school care and have a few little kids during the day as well.

    Good luck!
    Carol G.
    mom to William, age 11, dx'd 3/04 and started pumping 10/04 - Animas 1200. Animas Ping started 01/09; cgms Navigator start 4/6/09; RIP Navigator 9-1-11, Dexcom 7+start 10/11, G4 start 11/12.
    and mom to Rod (15) not D

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