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Handling Diabetes When You're Sick
Like all kids, kids with diabetes get sick sometimes. But did you know that being sick can increase or decrease your blood sugar level? It can, so being sick can be more complicated for a kid with diabetes. Let's find out more.
Being Sick Can Affect Blood Sugar
When the body is fighting illness, it needs extra energy. But as the body tries to get the extra energy, it can drive blood sugar higher. On top of that, many illnesses make you lose your appetite, feel nauseated, or throw up. That can cause the opposite problem — low blood sugar.
Because blood sugar can go up or down on sick days, it will need to be checked more often. And your insulin might need some adjustment, too. Your mom or dad can help you with both these steps.
Check the Plan
Your diabetes management plan will help you and your parent know what to do on sick days. These sick-day tips will tell you:
What to Do When You're Sick
Your parent and doctor will give you advice when you're sick. Here are some general tips:
Follow all of these steps and you'll be feeling better soon!
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD