Blood sugar testing
► Goals for 6-7 years old
Blood sugar testing is the parent s responsibility. Children may help in using the blood sugar meter if supervised by an adult. Children should be able to explain that the blood sugar test shows how much sugar is in their blood.
► Goals for 8-9 years old
By now children should know why their blood sugar must be tested. They should be able to use the blood sugar meter by ••tftfemselves, but the result must always be assessed by a parent.
■ Goals for 10-11 years old
Children should be able to explain that the blood sugar is tested to assure that it is within appropriate limits, neither too high nor too low. Therefore, they should:
- know when their blood sugar should be tested.
- identify the most important blood sugar test times.
- be able to use the blood sugar meter to test their blood sugar by themselves.
- know the target range for their blood sugar (for example 5 – 15 mmol/l).
- be able to explain the relationship between insulin, exercise, food and blood sugar levels.
► Goals for 12-13 years old
Children should be able to explain the implications of their blood sugar readings. By now they should know the causes and symptoms of both high and low blood sugar. They should know how to prevent and treat high or low blood sugar.
► Goals for 14-15 years old
Teenagers are responsible for measuring and interpreting their blood sugar levels. They should be able to explain the implications of readings outside the normal range. Teenagers should be able to explain the causes of both high and low blood sugars, recognise the symptoms of each and know how to prevent and treat either condition.