There may be times when your child will suffer from common childhood illnesses such as cold/flu, diarrhoea and vomiting and sore throats.
While all of these can be safely treated by a GP, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you to consider the impact any of these illnesses may have on a child with diabetes.
If your child complains of a headache, stomach ache or feeling sick please think ‘diabetes first’.
Following this simple advice can keep your child safe and reduce the risk of an emergency admission to hospital:
- Check blood glucose (BG) frequently, every two hours
- Encourage sugar-free fluids regularly (water is ideal)
- If BG above 14mmol/l check for ketones (blood ketones are easier to do and more accurate)
- If your child’s blood glucose meter is suggesting a correction dose please ensure this is given and recheck BG and ketones two hours later. If you are concerned please ring your diabetes nurse or the children’s wards for advice
- If ketones are above 1.5 (blood) or dark purple (urine) you must ring your diabetes nurse or the children’s wards for advice
Contact us any time
- Nurses’ office: 01642 854660
- Ward 21: 01642 854521
- Children and young people’s day unit: 01642 854896