Jerry the Bear—A Comforting Companion for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

 

Today my twin brother and I turned 27! Not only were we born 27 years ago, but Riley Hospital for Children saved my life all those years ago as well. Without them and the grace of God I would not be here celebrating another year. Okay, now onto this months blog post…

Jerry the BearA little while back I made a post titled “A Doll Just Like Me.” In that post I talked about having different types of dolls for those with different forms of disabilities. This post goes along the same lines, only for those with type 1 diabetes.

As a child, we want sweets and we want to eat all our Halloween candy in one night or eat that big piece of birthday cake on our birthday. Right!? What child doesn’t like to do that? Children who have diabetes can’t. Those who have diabetes can’t go out and eat a large Oreo blizzard from Dairy Queen or eat all their Halloween candy at once. However, if they know in advance that they will be eating something high in sugar or carbs they can plan for this and give themselves an extra shot of insulin.  Most times however, they cannot just eat a lot of carbs and sugars. They must be able to keep track of their glucose levels and carbohydrates and recognize their symptoms.

As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children.

How do children who suffer from type 1 diabetes cope with their condition? Learn about their glucose levels? Learn about the proper amount of carbs and everything else that goes with having diabetes?

Sproutel creates interacting teaching toys for children who are diagnosed with a chronic illness. Jerry the Bear is the first toy that is made by this company. Jerry is a cuddly teddy bear who has type 1 diabetes. This bear teaches children how to manage a healthy diet, check their glucose levels and recognize their symptoms.  As children keep Jerry healthy, they unlock Sproutel modular diabetes curriculum – a series of 21 animated storybooks depicting Jerry training for the All-Star Games.

Jerry the bear 1In 2014, Jerry the Bear was sold to 4% of children newly diagnosed and made it into 25% of pediatric endocrinologist offices in the US (Spoutel.com). Jerry the Bear has gone over intense makeovers over the past couple of years and has made a great impact on those children who have Type 1 Diabetes.

For ages 4-9+

https://www.jerrythebear.com/ (Link to buy Jerry the Bear)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFwCigfzaak (video)

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