counting is a skill that can help you and your child plan his or her meals to
diabetes and control blood sugar. Carbohydrate
counting also can allow your child to eat a variety of foods, just like other
kids, and to increase his or her sense of control and confidence in managing
When you and your child know how much carbohydrate is in
food, you can spread it throughout the day and control portion sizes. This
helps to keep your child's blood sugar in his or her target range after meals.
High blood sugar can make your child feel tired and thirsty and, over time, can
damage many body organs and tissues.
- Carbohydrate is the nutrient that makes blood
sugar rise the most. Foods that contain carbohydrate include:
- Fruits and starchy vegetables (such as potatoes and corn).
- Milk and
- Starchy foods (such as breads, cereals, rice, and pasta).
- Sugary foods (such as candy and cakes).
- Using this method to provide consistent
carbohydrate at each meal helps a child keep blood sugar at his or her
- You need to consult a registered dietitian or certified diabetes
educator to help you and your child understand and use carbohydrate
How do you count carbohydrates?