Low blood sugar, also called
hypoglycemia, occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in the blood of a person
diabetes drops below what the body needs to function
normally. Taking too much insulin, not eating enough food or skipping meals, or
exercising more than usual can cause blood sugar levels to drop rapidly.
If your child's blood sugar level drops very low and he or she does not
get help, your child could have a
seizure or go into a coma and possibly die.
These four simple steps might save your child's life:
- Test your child's blood sugar as suggested by his or her doctor
so that you do not have to guess when your child's blood sugar is
- Be alert to the early signs of low blood sugar: sweating,
shakiness, hunger, blurred vision, and dizziness.
- Have your child
keep some hard candy, raisins, or other foods that contain sugar with him or
her at all times. Your child should eat some at the first sign of low blood
- Teach all of your child's caregivers what to do if your
child's blood sugar is very low.
More information about children and diabetes can be found
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