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How can I make sure my child with type 1 diabetes gets the right amount of carbs?

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Have your child eat a set amount of carbohydrates at every meal and snack. He’ll need to eat at the same times every day, and also take insulin at set times. You don't have to eat the same foods everyday. You just need to stick to the total carbs set for each meal and snack. Keeping to a schedule works well for many kids.

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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