Guidelines for Treating Lows by Age

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Guidelines for

Treating Lows by Age

When treating hypoglycemia, the following table will help you determine how much sugar to use.

Source of Sugar
Under 6 Years of Age

•   (5 -10 grams)

6-10 Years of

Age (10-15 grams)

Over 10 Years of

Age (15-20 grams)

Glucose Tablets (large)

(1 tablet = 5 grams)

1 – 2 tablets 2 – 3 tablets 3 – 4 tablets
Glucose Tablets (small)

(1 tablet = 4 grams)

1 – 2 tablets 3 – 4 tablets 4 – 5 tablets
Glucose gel

(31 gram tube)

1/6-1/3 tube 1/3-1/2 tube 1/2 – 2/3 tube
Cake icing (small tube)

(1 teaspoon = 4 grams)

2 teaspoons 3 teaspoons 4 – 5 teaspoons
Honey, maple, or Karo Syrup

(1 teaspoon = 5 grams)

1 – 2 teaspoons 2 – 3 teaspoons 3 – 4 teaspoons
Orange juice

(1/3 cup = 10 grams)

1/4 -1/2 cup 1/2 – 3/4 cup 3/4 -1 cup
Apple juice

(1/3 cup = 10 grams)

1/4 -1/2 cup 1/2 – 3/4 cup 3/4 -1 cup
Table sugar

(1 teaspoon = 4 grams)

2 teaspoons 3 teaspoons 4 – 5 teaspoons
Regular soda pop

(1 ounce = 3 grams)

2-3 ounces 4-5 ounces 5-6 ounces
Raisins

(1 tbsp = 7 1/2 grams)

1 tablespoon 1 1/2-2 tablespoons 2 1/2-3 tablespoons
Lifesavers

(1=3 grams)

2-3 4-5 5-7
Milk 2%

(8 ounces = 12 grams)

4-5 ounces 6-7 ounces 8-10 ounces

Reference: Understanding Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, 9th Edition, by Dr. Peter Chase, page 23.

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