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Instructions For Babysitters

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:11

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Finding a sitter for a young child with diabetes requires special consideration. The best choice may be a teenager who also has diabetes. You can find such people through your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Here's a checklist for notes to leave with the sitter. Write down:

  • Where you can be reached
  • Doctor's name and number
  • Schedule and instructions for meals
  • Schedule and instructions for snacks
  • Time of insulin shots
  • Dose of insulin
  • Schedule and instructions for blood sugar monitoring


You also should leave careful instructions about:

  • How to recognize signs of hypoglycemia in a young child: List out the symptoms to watch for, such as sweating, shaking, staring, trembling, or frequent yawning.
  • What to do about hypoglycemia: What sources of sugar to give, where these are kept, what extra food to give as a follow-up.
  • What to do if child with hypoglycemia can't eat: Call you if available, give glucagon, call the doctor or another emergency number.
  • When and how to test for ketones: Where to reach you (or the doctor) if moderate or large amounts of ketones are present.

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