This is purely anecdotal from years of observations with Liam…recently honed to perfection FOR US. I’m posting here in case other parents are wondering how many sugar pills are enough without overdoing it and causing never-ending roller coasters from highs to lows. Again, I know there are factors (I:C especially) that would make this not work for many, but for kids Liam’s age/size, this may be close.
So, I’ve been testing this for a year or so and below is what I’ve found FOR LIAM…I realize all people are different, including kids his age (7), but figured I’d post this info here anyway as it’s been super helpful to us.
So, here it is…
If Liam has less or equal too 1 unit IOB, he gets 2 Glucose tabs.
If he has between 1 and 2 units IOB, he still gets 2 Glucose tabs.
For anything over 2 units IOB, he gets that number of glucose tabs (rounded up).
…so, for instance,
If he has 4.69 units IOB, he would get 5 Glucose tabs.
If he has 3.15 units IOB, he would be 3 Glucose tabs.
Hopefully that makes sense. What that does is two things…
- It stops the double downs and/or fall.
- IN LIAM, it causes a nice leveling out without the ups and downs of having too many, or not enough and still going low.
Not saying this will work for anyone else, but it works like a charm in Liam so I thought I’d share with others in case you want to test it in your young one.
Also…an added bonus for us is that he understands the system…so now all I have to do is say “Liam, you need sugar pills please.” He’ll always say “How many?” (hoping I give him the answer)…instead; I say…“how many do you think you need” or “I trust your judgement”. He usually responds back quickly with the correct answer just looking for my confirmation. I tell him AWESOME job and he eats them and goes about his business.
Also, we usually give the glucose tabs when he’s around 110 and headed down still so that we don’t wait too long and still get a low. If you wait too long to give the glucose tabs they’ll still go low…the goal is to avoid the low but “land softly” and “level out” at or under 100 if possible.
Hope it helps someone as much as it’s helped us.