Controlling Diabetes when sleeping away from home

Controlling Diabetes when sleeping away from home

Holidays can be both joyful and concerning, as these are the days in which you lounge by the pool or beach with your children. Now, these special moments can involve a daily routine that is completely different from the one your child has during school days (with schedule and eating habits changes) and Diabetes can be hard to control. In this article we’ll analyze what can happen to your child’s Diabetes control once classes finish, and we’ll also suggest a few strategies to refocus your control regime under variable patterns, which are common during vacations.

Some changes that may affect good Diabetes control of your children in vacations are: schedule changes, traveling to other countries, increased physical activity, the time they go to sleep or wake up and sleepovers.

Every child should have the opportunity to spend a few days away from home. In this case, you should take certain security measures into account. Whomever will be responsible for your child’s welfare during those days, whether it’s one of his friend’s grandparents or parents, should know the basics of Diabetes care and control, not only for your child’s welfare, but also for their own peace of mind.

Control Strategy

  • Explain clearly the basics of Diabetes control to those responsible for your child’s wellbeing during their stay at their home.
  • In addition, send them your child’s doctor’s phone number, their meal schedule and extra medicines and test strips.
  • Make sure they have all the emergency numbers they may need.
  • Make sure that the people in charge of caring for your child know and clearly understand what hypoglycemia means, what the symptoms are, why they occur and how to counteract them quickly. Many people don’t imagine that the life of a child with Diabetes could depend on their supply of a quickly absorbed glucose source, such as candy, soft drinks, chocolates, etc. It is also very important for them to know that they should look out for a possible hypoglycemia or low blood sugar during and after exercise.

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