Everyone should be able to enjoy the sun - especially children. However for children and adults with Type 1 Diabetes this can be more challenging that just grabbing your gear and going to the beach.
Follow our top priority tips below
1. Store insulin appropriately
Insulin needs to be kept at optimum temperature in hotter weather to avoid changes to it efficacy as a treatment. Try a mini fridge, if your insulin supply is compromised by temperature changes it will show!
Clear insulin can appear cloudy, and bright sunlight can make it a brownish colour. If this happens it is best to check with GP before use.
2. Meter and test strip
Keep away from sun again in normal room temperature. However do not put in fridge or freezer.
Heat exhaustion is real and can be dangerous even to children without TP1. Remember if at beach - seek shaded spot. Cover arms and head from direct sunlight. Symptons of heat exhaustion includes tiredness, dizziness, headaches, vomiting and cramps. Move to a cool place to rest and sip a cold drink. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to the more severe and potentially life-threatening condition heat stroke.
No more than 30 mins in sun at a time
UV glasses not less than 400
Sunscreen - we encourage total block
Sandals flip flops - if your child suffers from neuropathy make sure they are wearing sandals to protect their feet on hot pavements.