Diabetic doll helps children understand illnesses

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Dolls were once criticized for creating unrealistic expectations in young children and pandering to stereotypes. But now doll makers are trying to break these clichés by designing more diverse alternatives. American Girl has developed a doll set that includes a diabetes care kit and arm crutches to help children understand diseases better, and to let them create a doll which better represents them. The diabetic toy kit comes with a blood sugar monitor, an insulin pump, a medical bracelet, and a log book, and another kit comes with a set of arm crutches for the company's 18 inch dolls. The…

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