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When your child has diabetes, it's very important to keep your child's blood sugar in their target range. This means that you need to pay attention to how often and how much your child eats certain foods. Your child can still eat what your family eats. This includes occasional sweets and other favourites.
Your child should try to eat a variety of foods and to spread carbohydrate throughout the day. Carbohydrate raises blood sugar higher and more quickly than any other nutrient does. Carbohydrate is found in sugar, breads and cereals, fruit, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn, and milk and yogurt.
You may want to plan your child's meals and snacks with a dietitian or diabetes educator. They can help you choose the best foods for your child. There are lots of things you can do to help your child enjoy meals and stay healthy.
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 or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
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Adaptation Date: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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