Testing your child's blood sugar (glucose), also called self blood glucose monitoring, is an important part of managing diabetes. Testing your child’s blood sugar regularly can:
Doing a blood test requires:
When looking for a blood glucose meter, make sure it:
Your provider, nurse, or diabetes educator will show you how to use your meter. Some meters may need to be checked for accuracy with a control solution or strip. Others need specially coded test strips.
To get a drop of blood:
Avoid incorrect blood sugar results by making sure:
Some meters are more accurate than others. If your blood sugar is very high or very low, test it a second time to double check the results. Talk to your provider about the accuracy of your meter.
Your child’s healthcare provider will tell you when and how often you need to check your child’s blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider what your child’s blood sugar range should be. Also ask your provider to tell you and to write down what you should do if your child’s blood sugar result is too high or too low.
Some common testing times include first thing in the morning, before meals or exercise, 2 hours after meals, before driving, at bedtime, and any time you feel like your child’s blood sugar may be too high or too low. You should also check your child’s blood sugar when he or she is feeling ill.
You may need to test more often when your child’s diabetes medicine or any other medicines are changed. Certain medicines can affect blood sugar and how other medicines work.
It is important to keep track of your child’s blood sugar test results. Learning what affects your child’s blood sugar can help control it better. Keep separate records even if the glucose meter stores results, in case the meter breaks. It’s a good idea to keep track of:
Always take your child’s blood sugar records to checkups with your child’s healthcare provider or diabetes educator.