To find out how well your child is managing their diabetes, you will need to know what their blood glucose levels are. Your child’s nurse will help you understand how to keep your child’s blood glucose as near to normal as possible by being careful about what they eat and by doing an appropriate amount of exercise. Your nurse will also work with you to make sure you are giving your child the right amount of insulin.
Your child’s nurse will show you and your child how to test their blood glucose at home, using a meter such as the CONTOUR or BREEZE 2. Don’t worry, it’s very easy to do, and your child may easily be able to do a test on their own.
If you test your child’s blood glucose regularly, and make a note of the results in your Glucolog record diary, you can see how well your child is managing their diabetes. Your child’s nurse will help you learn how to understand what the results mean and what you and your child need to do differently if the results aren’t quite right. Soon you’ll be an expert at managing diabetes!
And, when you and your child go to see your nurse for a check-up, you can take your child’s diary with you so you can talk about how well they are doing and find out how they can stay healthy.
Your nurse will tell you when it’s best to test your child’s blood glucose. This will probably involve testing several times a day, but you’ll be able to fit this in with your child’s normal mealtimes and activities. Most meters give a result in 5 seconds, so it won’t take much time at all. Sometimes your child may have to test more often, e.g. when they are ill, or if they are much busier than usual.
The nurse will help you understand the best glucose range for your child. You can use your child’s Glucolog to keep a track of their results when you have done their tests.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your meter
Always wash and dry yours and your child’s hands before you test
Use the sides of your child’s fingertips – it will hurt less than if you use the pads of the fingers!
Record each result in your Glucolog so you, your child and the nurse can see how well your child is doing
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