It is very important that a hypo is treated quickly. If it is left untreated, the blood glucose level will continue to fall and the child could become unconscious. They should not be left alone during a hypo – nor be sent off to get food to treat it.
Recovery treatment must be brought to the child.
If a hypo occurs during activity, there is no reason the child should not continue provided the hypo is treated.
Immediately give something sugary, a quick acting carbohydrate such as one of the following:
The exact amount needed will vary from child to child and will depend on individual needs and circumstances. To prevent the blood glucose from dropping again, follow this with a longer acting carbohydrate such as one of the following:
If the child still feels hypo after 15 minutes, again give something sugary. When the child has recovered, give them some starchy food, as above.
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