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How to Manage a Mammoth: A Bedtime Story for Little Diabetics (and Everyone Else!)

June 10, 2024


Looking for a fun and imaginative way to talk to your child about diabetes? Look no further than Dr. Rose Stewart’s “How to Manage a Mammoth: A book for children and families living with Type 1 diabetes.” This charming story, soon to be featured as a CBeebies bedtime story, takes a unique approach to explaining the challenges and triumphs of managing diabetes.

A Friendly Mammoth Named Mel

The story follows Jake, a young boy who discovers his diabetes isn’t just a medical condition – it’s a giant, furry mammoth named Mel! Mel can be a bit of a handful, sometimes stomping around and making things difficult (sound familiar, parents?). But with the help of his mum and friends, Jake learns how to work with Mel, not against him.

Imagination Meets Practicality

Stewart, a renowned diabetes psychologist, masterfully blends fantasy with reality. Children will connect with the relatable character of Jake, while the playful depiction of diabetes as a mammoth provides a non-threatening way to understand the condition. The story also subtly reinforces healthy habits like finger pricking and insulin injections, all while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and support.

Beyond Diagnosis

“How to Manage a Mammoth” isn’t just for children with diabetes. It’s a heartwarming tale for any child facing a challenge. The book celebrates resilience, problem-solving, and the power of friendship. Whether your child has diabetes, another health concern, or simply needs a boost of confidence, this story offers valuable lessons wrapped in a delightful bedtime adventure.

A Must-Read for Parents and Kids Alike

With its engaging narrative, relatable characters, and clever metaphor, “How to Manage a Mammoth” is a welcome addition to any family’s bookshelf. It’s a book that can be read again and again, sparking conversations, fostering understanding, and making diabetes management a little less daunting.

Tiny Tags: Medical Information at Your Fingertips

Tiny Tags offer a range of items to help you and your family from a tag, stickers or a wristband all can be used either on your child or on their belongings such as an insulin pump bag or a medical kit. Simply wear a wristband or add a tag to clothing for added peace of mind, allowing a first responder to act fast in case of an emergency. The easy-to-update notes screen on TinyTags allows you to store essential details like your child’s insulin regime, allergies, and emergency contact information. First responders or caregivers can then access this vital data with a quick scan of the Tiny Tag, ensuring informed decisions can be made in critical moments. Parents receive an alert notifying them that their emergency details have been accessed and when and where your child is.

Peace of Mind for Parents, Confidence for Kids

Tiny Tags empower both parents and children. Parents gain peace of mind knowing their child’s medical information is readily available, while children can participate in activities with a little more confidence, knowing help is just a scan away. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone at school or embarking on a new adventure, Tiny Tags can provide an extra layer of security and support for families managing diabetes, just like the valuable support network depicted in “How to Manage a Mammoth.”

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