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  1. Diabetes in Children: Giving Insulin Shots to a Child

    Insulin is available only in an injectable form that is given into the fatty tissue just under the skin. Most people use insulin in an injection, or shot. While it can also be given through an insulin pump or jet injector, this information does not pertain to these devices. Get information from your child's doctor about how to use these properly. You will need to give your child's insulin until ..

  2. 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 in less than a minute.Knowing your child's blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an emergency. It also helps you ...

  3. Diabetes in Children: Care Plan for School or Day Care - Topic Overview

    Federal laws protect children with diabetes from discrimination in schools and child care settings. Schools and child care centers must provide reasonable help for the special needs of children with diabetes while disrupting the usual routine as little as possible. In addition,children should be allowed to participate in all school activities. 1 If your child has diabetes,work with your ...

  4. Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Caring for Your Child - Topic Overview

    Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that currently has no cure. Your child needs to take insulin injections. This can be a scary process for adults,not to mention for a child. If your child is very young,you will need to give these injections. When your child is older,he or she can take on some of the responsibility for insulin injections. Diet Your child needs to watch his or her diet ...

  5. Diabetes: High or Low Blood Sugar in Young Children - Topic Overview

    Young children with type 1 diabetes aren't able to recognize when their blood sugar level is high or low and then tell an adult. And sometimes it's even hard for a parent to tell the difference.Some signs that may indicate high or low blood sugar in a very young child include:Irritability, anger, or crying.Paleness.Nervousness or trembling.Staring off or not responding when touched or spoken to.Dark urine with a strong sweet odor.Drowsiness or difficulty waking up.When you see changes in your child, do a home blood sugar test. It will show the actual blood sugar level, eliminating the guesswork.

  6. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood-Sugar Levels.

  7. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Topic Overview

    When you have diabetes, you may experience high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. A cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels.

  8. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Home Treatment

    When you have diabetes, whether it is type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes, one of the most important skills you will learn is how to manage your blood sugar level.

  9. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Check Your Symptoms

    WebMD provides a checklist to determine if you're suffering from high or low blood sugar levels due to diabetes.

  10. Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Health Tools

    Use these diabetes-related health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

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