Background: Type 1 diabetes is increasing by approximately 3% each year globally. Type 1 diabetes can manifest at any stage during the human life cycle, but particularly demanding when it present in a child. The diagnosis in a child can cause parental distress and anxiety, the effects of which can be long lasting. The diagnosis of a T1D affects not only the parents but the whole child family.
Objectives: To determine impacts on the family living with child having T1D.
Method: Cross sectional study conducted on 138 families in Sana’a city. Convenience sampling used to select parents of diabetic children aged 6-14 years. Structured questionnaire was completed using face to face interview.
Results: In the current study. Parents in relationship of to the participate to the child was father (49.2%), mother was (50.8%). The mean age of parents was 37 ± 10 years. Most of the parents were illiterate or had basic education. The mean age of parents at diagnosed of diabetes was (33 ± 10years). The diabetic children aged 6-14 years old. The mean age of the children was 11 ± 2.6 years. More than half of them were female. The majority of the children 92% in basic school level. Mean duration of diabetes was 4 ± 3 years. The greatest portions were diagnosed at age group 5-8 years. The mean age of diagnosed of diabetes was 7 ± 3.2 years. Diabetes duration was 1-4 years for most of the diabetic children. Most of families had one child with T1D.
Conclusion: Further studies on impact of T1D are needed. Protective health behavior education efforts are made to increase health care provider knowledge about T1D and promote family and T1D child life.
Published Date: 2021-02-22; Received Date: 2021-02-02