Type 1 Diabetes Sick Day Management Tips


  • Check for ketones during your child’s illness even if their blood glucose level is in range.
  • Consult you doctor, especially if moderate or large ketones are present.
  • Administer insulin as needed according to your child’s doctor’s orders to reduce possible ketones.
  • Check blood glucose levels more frequently.
  • Give plenty of fluids to lessen chances of dehydration and to help reduce the developing of ketones.
  • If ketones are negative but vomiting is present, the insulin dose may have to be reduced to help increase blood sugars.
  • Use caution when giving over-the-counter medications, as they may increase or decrease blood sugars.
  • Your doctor may prescribe a suppository such as Phenergan or Zofran, an oral medication to help reduce/stop vomiting.
  • Consult with you healthcare professional when giving Glucagon injections. Your child’s doctor may recommend you mix the Glucagon and give by syringe, a smaller dose to help with low blood sugars and vomiting. Typically the dosage is one unit for each year of age up to a total of 15 units.


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  1. It felt good! Lots of positive rmecforneeint for the value of self-monitoring blood glucose.No critiques on the numbers (which is great, because we critique ourselves too much as it is). Just number after number, from young and old, male and female, type 1 and type 2, English and Spanish, black and white. People posted that they made smart health decisions based on their individual numbers, like treating below 70 mg/dl with some glucose. Me likey!Calculations are still in the works we didn’t reach 14,000 posts with #14kpwd.But I sure made a lot of new friends with diabetes. And I can’t wait to see what we can do for World Diabetes Day in November. Click, click, click.

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