Hi @Abdean . I was a little older than your toddler when I was diagnosed - I am approaching 60 years with Type1 and am doing well. Needless to say the technology came along much later for me and there’s a lot more to learn now than there was then. It will be a great benefit although overwhelming especially at first.
I see a dietitian now and then - I find sometimes I do things so much of of habit, I lose focus. And if I’m trying a new eating regimen or want to lose weight, I might check in to make sure I’m getting the nutrients I need. They will teach you shortcuts to measure foods. Naturally you want to be precise with such a tiny body, especially at home, but the guidelines are very helpful for dining out, and you can always correct after the fact if need be. I use Mynetdiary to record my glucose, meals and insulin. It has an extensive list of foods and you can look up those at most restaurant chains - and you can enter recipes and based on the quantities of ingredients it will calculate carbs and other nutrients for you. I’ve compared its carb counts with those on restaurant websites or food packaging and find them to match. Again, eating out may be a bit touch and go when it comes to quantity but that can be addressed after the fact. You have to pay for an annual subscription but there are free ones available that people on the forum speak highly of. Unfortunately I don’t recall them but I’m sure some responders will share.
PS - a tip on seeing a dietitian - over time I have discovered they send me home with an assignment to keep a food log then return for a review. You could get ahead of the game by starting now. You’ll want to measure so you have the correct quantity, and record the time he ate and how much insulin he took. And of course the carb count which you can look up in your app. You’ll be ahead of the game.
The struggle and questions you have are par for the course - you’re having to learn an overwhelming amount of stuff at once. If you read through posts under the Parents topic you will find parents who started out terrified and who, a few or several months later have become much more comfortable. You will too over time.
Be sure your little guy has a pediatric endocrinologist who specializes in Type 1. Many of not most doctors have only a textbook most of diabetes, and not all endos have Type 1. Type 2 is more prevalent, and unfortunately doctors without Type 1 training may use Type 2 protocols for Type 1 patients - it doesn’t work, so again be sure to find a Type 1 specialist.
It’s helpful if your practice has its own diabetes nurse educator as they will probably be more available than your endo to answer some of your questions.
Do ask about getting a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). They weren’t available until some years after I finished college (in fact we didn’t even have plain old BG meters until about the time I graduated😳) and give huge peace of mind to parents of little ones as well as adults like myself.
You’ll have lots and lots and lots of questions for your medical team. I suggest you write them down so you don’t forget (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a doctor’s office and had an “aha!” moment about something I forgot).
You’re on the start of a journey but there’s no reason your son shouldn’t be able to enjoy life. There are musicians, actors, a sitting Supreme Court Justice, a former Prime Minister, and professional and Olympic athletes living with diabetes - not to mention the really important people like parents, teachers, the customer service people at your favorite store, your co-worker or neighbor, etc.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join. You will see people give advice such as “decrease your basal rate,” "try bolusing a little while before you eat, “try changing your carb ratio” (diabetes vocabulary you’ll learn over time😊). Please remember - we are not medical professionals but people sharing tips we have found worked for us. Work closely with your medical team and go to them for specific treatment guidance, especially in the new phase. As you gain experience you will learn to incorporate suggestions, but that is for later.