Shaheen didn't have to set her alarm to wake up every three hours at night because the device was designed to catch a dangerously high or low blood sugar and treat it.
"For the first time since she was diagnosed, I didn't have to worry," says Shaheen, who lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
I have nothing but admiration for parents of kids with Type 1. However, I have noticed a trend recently where it seems to be quite common for parents to wake up multiple times EVERY single night to test children's blood sugar, and I have to wonder: is that REALLY necessary for anyone older than, say, a toddler?
I know children's blood sugar can change fast, but this never happened when I was a kid. Sure, parents woke up on occasion if their kid was low going to bed or had exercised the night before or had another specific reason to think there might be a low (and as an adult, I still do this). But not multiple times every single night. And this was on NPH—where the risk of lows was significantly greater than it is now with MDI and (especially) pumps.