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Diabetes & Nutrition

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital: Treating Children with Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is the type of diabetes most diagnosed in children. In recent years, there has been a growing number of Type 2 diabetes in children, especially among youngsters who are obese or have a strong family history of Type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms may include excess thirst or urination, fatigue, blurred vision and upset stomach. Treatment can seem overwhelming as it includes injections and blood sugar testing. Diabetes educators are specially trained to help you and your child maintain good health. The Children's Diabetes and Nutrition Center has received Educational Recognition status from the American Diabetes Association. Meet our Diabetes Team.

Diabetes Services: Managing Your Child's Condition

  • Advanced insulin pump therapy
  • Individual appointments for specific needs such as carbohydrate counting
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Glucose sensor
  • Devices to assist with administration of insulin
  • Glucometer training
  • Education sessions for parents with children with Type 1 diabetes, both on an individual basis and in classes

The insulin pump preparation class is on the first Wednesday of each month and the type I diabetes overview class is on the third Wednesday of each month. A prescription from a physician and registration are required for both classes. For more information and to register, please call (813) 870-4899, option 4.

Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Services

Registered Dietitians are health care professionals who provide medical nutrition therapy and preventative nutrition counseling.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by a pediatric registered dietitian can help prevent and manage diseases that impact your child’s health, fitness and overall well-being. MNT includes a complete assessment of your child’s overall nutritional status, medical information and history of dietary habits, followed by a personalized treatment plan.

Medical Nutrition Therapy For Many Conditions 

  • Inherited metabolic disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Weight management
  • High cholesterol
  • Tube feeding
  • Intravenous nutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Food allergies
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (short bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Celiac disease

To schedule an appointment, please call (813) 870-4899, option 4. Please have your insurance information and physician prescription available when calling for an appointment.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500