This little girl is lucky to have you. It is so hard to find a responsible person who is willing to babysit a diabetic child.
Can you tell by any behaviour
al signs when her sugar is getting low? Every child and diabetec is different. It is harder with children because they often have a hard time expressing how they are feeling medically at the best of times.
However most people develop a set of personal symptoms that you may recognize as a sign of low blood sugar. Some of the common signs include things like: headache, paleness, clammy cold skin, dizziness, feeling weak, or tired, racing pulse, shaky feeling, nervousness, feeling very hungry, craving sugar, difficulty talking, confusion, poor coordination, shallow breathing, blurry vision, cranky, and finally seizures or loss of consciousness.
How often do you check her sugars? Food, exercise and illness will alter blood sugars.
High blood sugar also usually can be noticed by symptoms such as increased thirst, tired or weak, frequent need to urinate, headache, changes in vision.
I have heard that if a child is having seizures, you should never give the child anything by mouth.
I am not a doctor.
I am a type one diabetic. I have been told that I should tell my coworkers etc to use a qtip or something to spread honey on my gums while waiting for the ambulance if I am not able to eat.
When a child or any diabetec goes through a low blood sugar spell, it is crucial to give something sweet immediately. Then after 10 to 20 minutes try and give the diabetec something with protein like a peanut butter sandwich or cheese and crackers.
You are so wonderful and caring. All children need lots of love and diabetec kids are just like all other kids. They need lots of love too!!!!
My heart goes out to young children and their parents and care givers who have to deal with this.
We have made a lot of gains in diabetec research but we still have a long way to go.
The association for juvenille diabetes research foundation has a wonderful website and they publish a pamphlet for caregivers and teachers of juvenille diabetics, free of charge. If you cannot find their site, go to my profile and email me and I will send you the address.
God Bless you for taking care of this little girl. I will keep her, you, and her parents in my prayers. I pray that they will get more answers for this little girl.
Post Edited (effie) : 7/7/2005 6:28:27 AM (GMT-6)