Diabetes first

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

You can contact us any time on the numbers below:

  • Nurses office- 01642 854660
  • Ward 21 – 01642 854521
  • Children’s day unit – 01642 854896