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From Brooklyn, New York, USA:

My 6 year old niece has Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed about 2 years ago. When she is sick (flu, virus, etc.) and does not eat, it is difficult to regulate her sugar levels. Her health care professionals say that she should still get her insulin every day. Are there any guidelines to follow to determine how much and what type (long or short term) of insulin she should be getting? Her parents have been unable to find any published information on this.


Even when kids with diabetes are sick, they still need some insulin. Her parents should ask her doctor for guidelines to use on "sick days" or purchase a manual such as Understanding Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. Also, show them the Sick Day information at this website for more information.


Original posting 15 Mar 1998
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