How to Treat a Type 1 Diabetic Child with the Flu and What to Expect

To treat a type 1 diabetic child with the flu shouldn’t be anything to be afraid of.

However we’re not ones to talk…

We were just as fearful as you probably are for your own child especially if your child was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Fear of the unknown is always at play and even more so when it comes to your own child.

But rest assured speaking from our own experiences, when Casteel was diagnosed with Influenza Type A this past fall we were on pins and needles to say the least.

We took her into urgent care and they prescribed Tamiflu.

Although Casteel showed signs of being lethargic, similar in nature to when she was in ketoacidosis before when knew she was Diabetic, we knew that keeping her regular routine of blood checking and insulin was the only way to proceed.

We saw a slight spike in her blood sugar levels, but nothing that we couldn’t get under control.

Obviously everyone is different and reacts differently from the flu, but we’re firm believers that if you keep to your normal routines as much as possible that you shouldn’t see any drastic changes in your child’s blood sugar levels if you child comes down with the flu.

They do recommend that you check a little more frequently, every 3 to 4 hours.

Casteel also recently had a bout with the stomach flu and honestly that was our biggest fear.

The good news is that she/we also survived it. 🙂

However her blood sugar levels did spike a bit more, but since she was not eating and drinking normally we elected to not give her long acting insulin (Levemir) for a couple nights until she was back to her normal eating habits.

We hope our experiences with how to treat a type 1 diabetic child with the flu has helped calm your nerves a bit.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post them below and we’ll try to answer them as quickly as possible.

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