2014-01-08 12:55:36 by Janet Haas, RN, CDE, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
With the flu season upon us, you may worry about your child with diabetes. Although diabetes doesn’t predispose children toward getting the flu, it may be slightly more challenging to manage their diabetes if they develop nausea and vomiting.
Feel free to call our Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology (330-543-3276) with questions about nausea and vomiting. For lesser concerns, such as fever, sore throat and earache, we encourage you to call your child’s primary care doctor.
While your child is ill, you should:
If you need to call our diabetes center, please have answers ready for the following questions:
Take your child to the nearest hospital ER if he:
If your child is vomiting or having diarrhea, it’s easy for her to become dehydrated. Have her drink at least 4 ounces of fluid every hour.
If blood sugar is high, give carb-free fluids, such as plain water, Powerade Zero or sugar-free popsicles. If blood sugar is low, give regular popsicles or 4 ounces of fluid containing sugar.
You can alter these recommendations if urine ketones are present. Please consult our center for more information and request a chart with specific instructions on what to do when your sick child has certain levels of blood glucose and ketones.
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