Blood Glucose Monitoring, Pediatric
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Monitoring your child's blood sugar (glucose) is an important part of managing your child's diabetes. Blood glucose monitoring involves checking blood glucose as often as directed and keeping a log or record of the results over time.
Your child's health care provider will set individualized treatment goals for your child's blood glucose levels before meals (preprandial) and after meals (postprandial).
Checking your child's blood glucose
Using alternative sites
Some meters allow you to use areas of your child's body other than the finger (alternative sites) to test the blood. The most common alternative sites are the forearm, the thigh, and the palm of the hand.
Alternative sites may not be as accurate as the fingers because blood flow is slower in those areas. This means that the result you get may be delayed, and it may be different from the result that you would get from your child's finger.
Blood glucose log
If your child has type 1 diabetes:
If your child has type 2 diabetes:
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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