To a child, the first syllable of the word diabetes can sound terrifying. For parents, imposing the regimen of balancing diet and activity with insulin injections, monitoring daily blood sugar levels, and record-keeping for a young child or an adolescent seeking independence seems an impossible task. In When a Child Has Diabetes the Diabetes Team at Torontos renowned Hospital for Sick Children offers its medical expertise and practical know-how to parents to help them and their children understand diabetes and live happy and healthy lives. One of the keys to dealing with juvenile diabetes is to learn as much as you can about it. In When a Child Has Diabetes readers will learn the latest about the causes and management of this challenging condition. Topics include: What diabetes is and how it is usually controlled How to know when diabetes is not being well-managed and what to do about it How to help young children deal with a condition that they may not understand How insulin pumps work, and who should use them How to teach older children and teens accept their difference and manage it responsibly What complications may develop and how you can reduce the risksBIO:DENIS DANEMAN, MB, BCH, FRCPC, chief of the division of endocrinology at The Hospital for Sick Children and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, directs the hospitals Diabetes Team. MARCIA FRANK, RN, MHSC, CDE, is a clinical nurse specialist in Toronto, Ontario. KUSIEL PERLMAN, MD, FRCPC, is a staff endocrinologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto. With their colleagues, these health care professionals see more than 100 new children with diabetes every year and provide ongoing care, education and support to more than 800 children and their families.