Health Tip: If Your Child Has Diabetes
Suggestions for what to tell a babysitter
(HealthDay News) -- It can be stressful for any parent to leave a child in the care of a babysitter, particularly if your child is diabetic.
The American Diabetes Association says parents of diabetic children should ensure that babysitters know the basics about:
- Checking blood glucose levels and ketones. Practice with the sitter before you leave.
- The ideal range for your child's blood glucose, warning signs of a problem, and what to do if the levels are high or low.
- Giving your child insulin, when to give it and how much. Again, practice before you leave.
- What the sitter should do if there is an emergency, including administering medication, and how to reach you.