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Diabetes in Children: Checking Blood Sugar in a Child

Your child needs to know when his or her blood sugar level is outside the target range. Fortunately, your child's blood sugar level can be checked anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar (glucose) meter. Blood sugar meters give results quickly.

Knowing your child's blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an emergency. It also helps you know how exercise and food affect your child's blood sugar and how much short-acting insulin to give (if your child takes insulin).

Three keys to success in monitoring your child's blood sugar are:

  • Keeping the meter and supplies with your child at all times.
  • Making it a habit to check your child's blood sugar level by building it into his or her routine.
  • Checking the meter's accuracy when you visit the doctor by comparing results with the doctor's results.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Current as of August 12, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 12, 2013
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