November 20, 2019
Type 1 Diabetes: High Blood Sugar At School

Type 1 Diabetes: High Blood Sugar At School

Type 1 Diabetes: High blood sugar at school. Everyone with type 1 diabetes has high blood
sugar from time to time. That means their blood sugar is higher than the target range — usually 4-10 for school-aged children. High blood sugar is also called hyperglycemia. It’s usually caused by: Not taking enough
insulin; Eating extra food without taking extra insulin; Or decreased physical activity
without adjusting insulin. Illness, stress, or excitement can also cause
blood sugar to rise. And sometimes, there is no obvious explanation. When a student’s blood sugar is too high
— usually above 15 — they’ll probably have to pee a lot and
be very thirsty. If you notice these symptoms in a student
who doesn’t have diabetes, let their parents know right away, because these could be signs
of undiagnosed diabetes. Other symptoms to watch out for are: hunger,
headache, nausea, belly pain, blurry vision, or warm, flushed skin. High blood sugar can also affect a student’s
mood and ability to concentrate. When a student has high blood sugar, but isn’t
showing signs of illness, encourage them to drink lots of water, and let them go to the
washroom as often as they need to. If a student has high blood sugar and shows
signs of illness — nausea, vomiting, severe stomach pain,
rapid shallow breathing, or fruity-smelling breath — call their parents right away. Always check the student’s care plan to
see if there’s anything else you should do. Remember, when a student with type 1 diabetes feels sick, someone should check their blood sugar. Even students who are independent may need
help when they are not well. Knowing and recognizing the symptoms of high
blood sugar is important to help keep students with type 1 diabetes healthy and safe! [children cheering]

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