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If your child has diabetes, you'll need to take extra care before surgery.
Be sure to tell your doctors and surgeons that your child has diabetes. You may be asked to attend a special appointment before surgery.
You may be asked to check your child's blood sugar more often in the days before and after surgery.
You may be asked to change the doses or time when your child takes their diabetes medicines. These medicines may include:Short-acting insulin or insulin boluses (if your child uses an insulin pump). Your child may be asked not to take this on the morning of the surgery.Long-acting insulin or basal insulin (if your child uses an insulin pump). Your child may be asked to change the dose or rate on the morning of the surgery.Metformin. Your child may need to stop taking it 48 hours before surgery. And they may need to wait another 48 hours to start taking it again.Diabetes medicines other than insulin. Your child may need to stop taking them on the morning of the surgery. Bring your child’s diabetes management supplies, including insulin and items for testing blood sugar, with you on the day of surgery. You may need them.Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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