Parents interaction with their chronically ill children could hold the key to better treatment and better results.
Researchers from The University of Queensland's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program believe parents can improve health outcomes simply by interacting with their children differently, particularly around their medical treatment.
"Parents' responses when a child resists treatment is a known influence on whether or not the family follows through with treatments at home," said Dr Alina Morawska, Principal researcher and deputy director of UQ's Parenting and Family Support Center.
"Unfortunately, day-to-day management of type 1 diabetes is complicated and onerous, especially for parents struggling with behaviour problems in their children," said Dr Morawska.
Children with Type 1 diabetes require insulin injections or insulin pump changes in diet and exercise to control glucose levels. This is to prevent short-term complications such as low and high blood glucose levels.
Long-term complications include damages to heart, nerves and kidneys and blindness.
University of Queensland offers trial program for parents raising a child with type 1 diabetes to help them adjust with the day-to-day stress. The program offers practical ideas to help in a variety of situations, including when children resist treatment.