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New Diabetes Resource Provides Tools and Support to Families of Newly-Diagnosed Children with Type 1 Diabetes
Date:2/3/2009

"KidCare Kit" offers quick-reference materials and multimedia tools to guide families through the first 30 days following a child's diagnosis

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced today the availability of the diabetes KidCare Kit, a multimedia resource that will provide children and their families with valuable tools and information to help guide them through the difficult but crucial first 30 days following a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

The KidCare Kit was developed in partnership with Children with Diabetes, a national diabetes advocacy group offering support and education for children with diabetes and their families, and is the product of more than a year of research and feedback collected from families of children with diabetes, physicians, certified diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals from across the country. The kit is now available free of charge at participating hospitals and doctor's offices nationwide to families with children that have just received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in children and each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, which is approximately 40 children per day. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) estimates that as many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.

"When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes it impacts the entire family and parents can often feel emotionally and physically overwhelmed in the first weeks and months following their child's diagnosis," stated Jeff Hitchcock, founder and CEO of Children with Diabetes. "With the diabetes KidCare Kit, we hope to provide resources and tools to help these families get through the first 30 days after their child's diagnosis."

The KidCare Kit provides a range of multimedia, print and online reso
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