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 know how exercise and food affect your child's blood sugar and how much short-acting insulin to give (if your child takes insulin).
Five keys to success in monitoring your child's blood sugar are:
- Keeping the meter and supplies with your child at all times.
- Making it a habit to check your child's blood sugar level by building it into his or her routine.
- Pricking the sides of your child's fingers, not the tips. The tip of a finger is more sensitive than the sides.
- Checking the meter's accuracy when you visit the doctor by comparing results with the doctor's results.
- Keeping the meter properly maintained and calibrated with the test strips.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 7, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology