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Blood Sugar Checks for Children with Diabetes, Blood Glucose Monitors

Blood Sugar Checks for Children with Diabetes

Children with diabetes should check blood sugar values regularly with a blood glucose meter (glucometer). They should also know the acceptable range for their blood glucose.

Most glucometers now have built-in memory, and many come equipped with software programs that allow diabetic children to download and chart blood glucose levels and help families and diabetes healthcare providers recognize patterns.

A healthcare provider can teach a diabetic child how often to properly use a blood glucose meter properly.

Blood Glucose Monitoring Tip

A journal should be kept of blood glucose results to help providers better manage children's type 1 diabetes.

What is a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor?

Continuous blood glucose monitors read children's blood glucose levels on a minute-by-minute basis using a small sensor inserted under the skin. The blood glucose level is then transmitted to a device that looks like a pager.

Continuous glucose monitors provide constant glucose readings and are also able to tell diabetic children if their glucose level is going up or down, with preset alarms that tell them when their blood glucose level is out of normal range.

Some continuous glucose monitors can send information to the diabetic child's insulin pump, allowing them to wear only one "pager-like" device. However, the continuous glucose monitor attaches to the body at a different site than the insulin pump.

At present time, continuous glucose monitors do not automatically deliver needed insulin through the pump. The user must manually give insulin doses.

Learn More About Managing Children's Diabetes

Contact Phoenix Children's Hospital to learn more about monitoring blood sugar and glucose in children with diabetes. 

(602) 546-0935

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