Health Tip: If Your Child Has Diabetes

Suggestions for what to tell a babysitter

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(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.


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