Diabetes in children (6 of 9): Hypoglycemia


Welcome to our video series taking control of your child’s diabetes, my name is Lisa. If your child has low blood, sugar is also known as hypoglycemia. You may have many questions.

This occurs when there is little glucose in the blood sugars below 70 are considered low.
When this happens, the body does not have the source of energy needs to function properly, hypoglycemia may be caused by missing meals or snacks, and also if there’s too much time between meals. Additionally, it can happen if your child exercises more than usual, has received too much insulin or if he or she is sick, especially with vomiting and/or diarrhea.

It is very important to know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia because of low blood. Sugar can happen quickly and must be treated immediately if not treated the loss of consciousness or a seizure can occur.
Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia are shaking sweating, feeling anxious, dizzy, hungry, a fast heartbeat or having impaired vision, weakness, and/or, fatigue, headache and irritability.

I am often asked how to treat hypoglycemia if your child has signs or symptoms of hypoglycemia check his or her blood sugar immediately with a glucometer if the sugar is low, which is below 70, have your child eat or drink a 15 to 20 gram, fast-acting, carbohydrates, Snack that contains only carbohydrates with no fat or protein fat is absorbed slower in the stomach, so it will take longer for the carbohydrate to be absorbed and enter the bloodstream.

Chocolate candies should not be used to treat hypoglycemia because it contains fat which slows digestion and does not allow glucose to enter the bloodstream fast enough. Fast-Acting carbohydrates should raise the blood glucose level within 15 and the child should begin to feel better.

It is important to check the blood sugar level again after 15 minutes of the child having consumed a fast-acting carbohydrate if it is still below 70, give another fast-acting carbohydrate at the blood glucose level, 15 minutes later after treating the hypoglycemia successfully give a light snack that Contains one carbohydrate and one protein if the next meal or snack is more than one hour away. This will keep the blood sugar level within goal range.

Now you know about hypoglycemia, please remember hypoglycemia, which is low blood. Sugar should be treated immediately.
We are here for your child and to support you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your diabetes team.
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