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How can I fix my child's low blood sugar if they have type 1 diabetes?

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If your child’s levels are low, give him a sugary food. Regular soda, orange juice, or even cake frosting raise glucose levels quickly.

You can also keep glucose tablets on hand or talk to your doctor about a glucagon kit. Glucagon is a hormone that treats severe low blood sugar reactions.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Nutrition Principles and Recommendations in Diabetes.”

KidsHealth.org: “Meal Planning Goals,” “Carbohydrates and Diabetes, “Meal Plans: What Kids With Diabetes Need to Know,” “Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis,” “Hypoglycemia.”

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth: “Pediatric Diabetes Education: Nutrition and Meal Planning.”

International Diabetes Federation: “Carbohydrate Counting for Children With Diabetes.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Diabetes Diet – Type 1.”

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California San Francisco: “Understanding Fiber.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Nutrition Principles and Recommendations in Diabetes.”

KidsHealth.org: “Meal Planning Goals,” “Carbohydrates and Diabetes, “Meal Plans: What Kids With Diabetes Need to Know,” “Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis,” “Hypoglycemia.”

Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth: “Pediatric Diabetes Education: Nutrition and Meal Planning.”

International Diabetes Federation: “Carbohydrate Counting for Children With Diabetes.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Diabetes Diet – Type 1.”

Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California San Francisco: “Understanding Fiber.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

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