Comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Dayton Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. We are passionate about helping these children manage their condition and live normal, active lives.
The diabetes team is led by our endocrinologists and also includes nurses and dietitians, a social worker and a psychologist. They take a personal approach with patients and families, always making time to provide education and support. Two of our nurses are certified diabetes educators, which means they have undergone intensive training to teach people with diabetes how to manage their condition.
Dayton Children’s offers outpatient clinics at the hospital’s main campus and in Middletown and Springfield. Our goal is to help children take responsibility for managing their health. We work with families to create a personalized care plan and review it regularly as the child’s needs change. Our team cares for patients as they transition into adulthood, usually around the age of 22.
Patients and families appreciate our thorough and personal approach, knowing that they can contact us by phone or email with questions or concerns.
Dayton Children’s provides expert care for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These two diseases are very different from one another, and they require different kinds of care.
- Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that helps regulate how the body processes sugar. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, and it isn’t caused by a child’s diet.
- Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to respond to insulin normally. In most cases, it is caused by unhealthy eating habits, which can result in weight gain. Your child’s primary care physician can help you understand your child’s risk factors and work to reduce them through diet and exercise. Once a child has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet, exercise and, in some cases, oral medication, can help them manage it.
Our team also cares for children with a different kind of diabetes—cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.
Using technology to manage diabetes
Today’s technology makes it possible for children to manage their diabetes better than ever before. Our team is up to date on the most advanced blood glucose meters, continuous blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps and phone apps, and can help families decide which products are best for them. We also have relationships with insulin pump manufacturers, who can provide extensive information about their offerings.
What is diabetes?
A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling.
Our endocrinology nurses work with families to address many concerns and can be reached during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm. After hours, you can dial 937-641-3000 and ask that the endocrinologist on call be paged.
My Kids Chart
MyKidsChart makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your child’s care team, view your child’s medication information and receive important health reminders by email.
Make a referral
Fax referral forms: 937-641-4500, 24 hours
Toll-free fax: 1-866-891-6941
Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday