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Sick Days

Imagine this: your diabetic child has just gotten up, had a blood test, received the morning's insulin shot and eaten breakfast. Then, without warning, the child throws up breakfast. She also says that she felt bad when she woke up. What do you do?

Managing sick days is not as hard as it might seem. Here are a few guidelines:

  1. NEVER skip insulin, even if your child complains of not feeling well. Illness often causes an increased need for insulin.
  2. Check your child's blood sugar often -- at least every four hours. Every one or two is warranted if the blood sugar is changing.
  3. Check for blood ketones. Checking for urine ketones is not as good and will not give you the same insight into your child's health.
  4. Small amounts of grape juice or regular cola can help keep your child's blood sugar from dropping too low, even if they're reluctant to eat.
  5. Learn about the Mini-Dose Glucagon Rescue -- it can help prevent a trip to the hospital.
  6. Call your doctor if your child can't keep any food or liquid down. You might need to take your child to the hospital or doctor's office for a glucose I.V.

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