Diabetes: When to Test Your Child's Blood Sugar - Topic Overview
If you haven't already done so, talk with a health professional about
how often you need to test your child's blood sugar level. Use this form to
record the times you should test and when to call your child's doctor for blood
sugar problems. Post the completed form in a convenient place as a reminder to
test blood sugar.
The times to test each day are:
___ Before breakfast
___ After breakfast
___ Before lunch
___ After lunch
___ Before dinner
___ After dinner
___ At bedtime
How often to test when ill:
Call a health professional if blood sugar is below
Call a health professional if blood sugar is above
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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