Instructions For BabysittersWednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:11
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
hypoglycemiain 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.