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Children with diabetes who look after their diabetic control do not get more illnesses or infections than other people
Mild illnesses such as sore throats and colds may only reduce appetite and make a child feel miserable and that there may be little effect on a child’s diabetes
Severe children’s illnesses such as ‘flu, tonsillitis and chest infections often cause a raised temperature (fever) and tend to make the blood glucose (BG) go higher because Other hormones like adrenaline, glucagon and cortisone make the liver release extra glucose to help resist the infection
Illnesses with diarrhoea and vomiting (gastro-enteritis) often cause glucosesugar/glucose to go lower (towards a ‘hypo’) because less food is digested and absorbed from the stomach.
Never stop the Insulin
Test blood glucose more frequently
Decide whether more or less insulin is needed
If appetite is not normal eat food that’s easily digestible (carbohydrate food or drinks)
Drink more water + sugar-free drinks to stop dehydration
It’s ok to have paracetamol
Seek medical or nursing help if you think your child’s illness is getting out of control or is not responding to the above measures