Being the brother or sister of someone with T1DM is a tough assignment. On the one hand, your other children envy all the time and attention that your child with diabetes gets from you (the parent). On the other hand, they may be fearful of getting it themselves. They also may witness a severe hypo-glycemic episode, which can be very scary. It's a good idea to educate your other children so that they know something about diabetes, especially how to manage hypoglycemia. You can certainly take non-diabetic children to diabetes education sessions.
It's important that all your children share things as kids together, playing together, going to movies together, and so forth. Their relationship should be based on the fact that they're members of the same family, not a sibling and a child with diabetes. The sibling with T1DM is first of all a person, and the fact that your children share the same parents creates a special bond that lasts a lifetime.
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