Sick

mommyr3m2
By mommyr3m2 Latest Reply 2012-12-10 11:46:34 -0600
Started 2012-11-06 10:19:10 -0600

I know that being sick will cause highs, but how do you manage them. We are giving insulin like always, but Ryan is having extreme highs. Before breakfast he was 268 just checked him 2 hours after and he is 436. (he is only 5) I don't understand why he is going up after having insulin


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Bfbacon
Bfbacon 2012-12-10 11:46:34 -0600 Report

Go ahead and correct with insulin. Learn his numbers. To correct a level of 436 I would inject 13 units. Everyone is different. Be on the watch for a low. Good luck.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2012-11-08 17:29:30 -0600 Report

Oh, I'm so sorry I didn't see this earlier. Sick days are the worst. I hope your little one is doing better.

Here's what we learned over the years with diabetes. On sick days almost nothing makes sense. Our doctor provided a list of sick day guidelines for us that included things like increasing insulin dosage. When the body is sick it is more insulin resistant and often the stress of the illness is causing the body to release stored sugars.

I would ask your doctor for a list of sick day guidelines.

Make sure to check for ketones often during illness. If ketones are present, then it becomes even harder to get things under control. One trick that we found when ketones are present that it is essential to drink lots of water. I'm not sure the science behind it, but if our son wasn't drinking a lot, those high blood sugars were so stubborn.