counting is a skill that can help you and your child plan his or her meals to
diabetes and control blood sugar. Carbohydrate
counting also can allow your child to eat a variety of foods, just like other
kids, and to increase his or her sense of control and confidence in managing
When you and your child know how much carbohydrate is in
food, you can spread it throughout the day and control portion sizes. This
helps to keep your child's blood sugar in his or her target range after meals.
High blood sugar can make your child feel tired and thirsty and, over time, can
damage many body organs and tissues.
Here are some ways
to help you and your child count the carbohydrate content of his or her food
and spread the amount throughout the day. Your child will have the best chance
of success if you and other members of the family also eat a variety of healthy foods.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric EndocrinologyRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes EducatorColleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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