Juice is no longer effective!

Sugar hero mom
By Sugar hero mom Latest Reply 2018-01-08 21:10:48 -0600
Started 2017-12-28 21:40:09 -0600

Hello! My son Preston is 4 1/2 years old and was diagnosed at age 2 with type 1 diabetes. He is on an insulin pump, and we (finally) just got the dexcom system. I have a really scary situation that is happening more frequently and our endocrinologist has no answers. The latest scenario is that Prestons BG dropped in the middle of the night to 67. I gave him a juice, 15 minutes later it had dropped to 55. Mind you he had no insulin on board. 15 minutes later, his BG dropped to 45. I gave him another juice, now beginning to panic, I manually checked his sugar and it said it was 60, so I calibrated the dexcom and it raised to 50. 15 minutes later his BG went to 60. I decided to give him 5 gummy fruit snacks for some substance and hopefully longevity, and it took another 45 minutes to increase to normal range, and he didn't spike in the hours hat followed. This is not the only time this has happened, and it's absolutely terrifying that the one thing we can rely on in a dangerous situation doesn't seem to be as effective. I am really trying to figure out why this is happening and if other people have experienced his and found answers. Thank you for your help!

4 replies

Paradigm4 2018-01-03 00:56:18 -0600 Report

I am a type 1 diabetic, I know how scary that can be when blood sugars drop especially for a child. I have noticed with some late onset adults that they often suffered from hypoglycemia before being diagnosed. Hormonal imbalance can be powerful, I got diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago as well. How is his A1C?

SamuraiJack 2018-01-02 19:37:50 -0600 Report

Probably not the best idea because of the amount of sugar in it for a child with developing teeth, but assuming he swishes his mouth out with water right after, a glass of non-caffeinated soda could work.

I used to get night-time lows myself, and would actually suck on hard candy, which later led to a cavity (since who's going to go to the restroom and brush their entire mouth again?).

I've since used caffeine-free sugar sodas— the ONLY time I drink sugar sodas— and it generally does the trick.

GabbyPA 2018-01-01 10:26:14 -0600 Report

Perhaps a different juice? Sometimes it's just something like that. I have found for my lows, glucose tabs are easier because the are carb controlled. I also find that dried fruit helps me a lot, versus juices. I have also found that the lower I go, I had a 34 twice in one week, that it can take me a long time to recover. It can take me most of a day to really get where I feel better and am not afraid to go do things when I get very low.