How do you check a child’s blood sugar?

Can I test my child’s blood sugar at home?

Your child needs to know when his or her blood sugar level is outside the target range. Fortunately, your child’s blood sugar level can be checked anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar (glucose) meter. Blood sugar meters give results quickly.

What is a normal blood sugar level for a child?

Normal blood glucose levels for adults, without diabetes, is 90 to 110 mg/dL. Learn the symptoms of high and low blood sugar here.

Normal blood sugar levels in children.

Normal blood sugar levels in children
Younger than 6 years old mg/dL
Fasting 80-180
Before meal 100-180
1-2 hours after eating ~180

How do I know if my child has high blood sugar?

Symptoms

  1. Increased thirst.
  2. Frequent urination, possibly bed-wetting in a toilet-trained child.
  3. Extreme hunger.
  4. Unintentional weight loss.
  5. Fatigue.
  6. Irritability or behavior changes.
  7. Fruity-smelling breath.

How do I know if my child has low blood sugar?

Warning signs of low blood sugar include:

  1. extreme hunger (some kids complain of a gnawing stomachache or “hunger pain”)
  2. shakiness or tremors.
  3. rapid heart rate.
  4. cold sweat.
  5. a pale, gray skin color.
  6. headache.
  7. moodiness or crankiness/irritability.
  8. drowsiness.
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What is a high blood sugar for a child?

Regardless of when your child last ate, a random blood sugar level of 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 11.1 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or higher suggests diabetes.

What is average blood sugar by age?

Normal blood Sugar Levels in Children & Teens Who are Diabetic

Chart of Normal Blood Sugar Levels in Children Age Wise
Age Blood Sugar levels after Fasting Blood Sugar Levels After 1 to 2 Hours of Eating
6 to 12 years >80 to 180 mg/dL Up to 140 mg/dL
13 to 19 years >70 to 150 mg/dL Up to 140 mg/dL

What are the symptoms of high blood sugar?

The main symptoms of high blood sugar are:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased urination.
  • Weight loss.
  • Fatigue.
  • Increased appetite.

What does it feel like when your blood sugar is too high?

High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)

If your blood sugar level is too high, you may experience: Increased thirst. Frequent urination. Fatigue.

How do I lower my child’s blood sugar?

But taking these steps can help:

  1. Try to eat all your meals and snacks on time and don’t skip any.
  2. Take the right amount of insulin.
  3. If you exercise longer or harder than usual, have an extra snack.
  4. Don’t take a hot bath or shower right after an insulin shot.
  5. Stick to your diabetes management plan.