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Because blood sugar levels can drop to dangerous levels very quickly:

  • Have your child always wear medical identification so medical personnel can give the right care. You can buy medical identification bracelets , necklaces, or other forms of jewelry at a pharmacy or on the Internet.
  • Make sure everyone who cares for your child knows how to treat low blood sugar quickly. For more information, see:
    Diabetes in Children: Preventing Low Blood Sugar.

High blood sugar levels develop more slowly, over a period of hours or days. For more information, see:

Diabetes in Children: Preventing High Blood Sugar.

Keep your child healthy and safe

With planning and care, your child can live a safe and healthy life. Here are some suggestions:

  • Try not to let your child go barefoot. If you notice a foot problem, even a minor one, talk with a doctor before treating it.
  • Keep your child's day care or school plan for diabetes care up to date.
    Diabetes in Children: Preparing a Care Plan for School
  • Have written instructions for your babysitter and other caregivers.
  • Keep your child's immunizations up to date.
  • Help your child care for his or her skin and teeth and gums. Make sure your child has a dental checkup every 6 months.

Keep your balance

It's difficult to deal with such a demanding disease as diabetes. You can:

  • Allow children with diabetes to participate in their treatment to the extent they can.
  • Join a support group for parents of children with diabetes. These groups can be very helpful, especially the first few years after diagnosis. Local groups are available in most areas.
  • Encourage your child to attend camps for children with diabetes. It's a good learning experience for your child and will give you some time to yourself.

More Information:

  • How do I care for my child who has diabetes?
  • What about creative snacks for preschool children?

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 07, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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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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