2 Free #Diabetes Apps for Kids

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If you have a young child with diabetes, here are two free apps that will help to expand their knowledge base. Both are available in the App Store.

Carb Counting with Lenny
(By Medtronic, Inc.) – As families dealing with diabetes know, carbohydrate counting is an essential skill for managing blood sugar levels. In this app, Lenny the lion helps children learn carb counting in a fun and easy way. Carb Counting with Lenny has two main sections: Lenny’s Food Guide: Helps kids learn carb values for many food items across the basic food groups. You can also customize the food guide by adding in your own favorite foods. Lenny’s Carb Games: Kids can take the Lenny challenge and test their knowledge with four interactive games. Games are timed and get progressively more challenging.

My take on it: This is a unique and educational app for kids with diabetes to help them understand more about the carb counts in various foods. It will make them more interested in their own diet and remind them about the importance of counting carbs. The one downside is that when playing the last game, Build a Meal, it froze the app on my iPod Touch and I had to reinstall it. Another customer review had indicated the same problem. Hopefully this is a bug that will be fixed. But for free, why not give it a try? Even if a child just plays it a few times, it will be a good learning experience.

Managing Type 1 Diabetes: A guide for kids and their families (By Panarea) – Through animated graphics and easy-to-learn steps, children will learn important information about their condition. Max is an 8-year-old kid with Type 1 Diabetes, who learns how to take care of his diabetes. With the help of ‘Parrot’, his curious friend, and ‘Dr Phil Good’, his healthcare specialist, he guides other children through his own personal experiences and adventures.

This interactive guide consists of a sequence of screens that introduce theme-oriented content organized by sections, including:
•The real symptoms;
•Facts & Myths about Diabetes;
•The Food Trip;
•What is Type 1 Diabetes?;
•Food & Insulin;
•Keeping the Balance;
•Getting Control; and
•Glossary.

The application also includes two interactive activities and an optional flashcard ‘true & false’ quiz.

My take on it: This app is sure to get children’s attention with its cheerful music and narrated voices. Kids will enjoy learning with Max as he goes on a journey to find out more about his condition and discover that he can manage his diabetes. It reminded me a bit of The Magic School Bus with its mix of science and entertainment. As with Lenny the Lion, children might just use the app a few times, but for free, it is a great educational tool.

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