My 3 yo pricked herself with a needle yesterday - drawing blood. I decided to test her bs seeing it as an opportunity. So her bs was 109. She had eaten before that.
Is 109 REALLY ok for a child? I know it's not terrible (and is within the accepted test range for 'normal'), but I thought from Bernstein that truely normal people don't usually go over 100 and their bs is usually very tightly controlled.
Am kind of having a minor freak that I'm going to need to be watching her closely and her diet.
She has celiac and asthma, so far. I do have request for blood tests for her (for CBC, iron, b levels, etc to check if there is any ongoing obvious malabsorption) and am thinking of adding in an A1C.
I do hope I am worrying for nothing. I am going to feel oh so bad if she also got this from me. :( Her father has a family history of type 2. I have no family history of anything diabetes-wise, but am probably LADA or Adult onset type 1 (my opinion from reading, not proven)....
My understanding is that a normal person after a meal could go as high as the high 120's but would get back down to the low 80's fairly quickly. So a 109 could well be absolutely normal, depending on carbs in the meal and time from eating.
Also, important to remember that home BG meters have an "acceptable" error margin of +/- 20%. So a 109 doesn't necessarily mean her BG is 190—it could actually range anywhere from 89 to 129.
I think studies have shown that "normal" people go as high as 140-160 after meals, it's just that they only stay there for, at most, 30 minutes or so before coming down, and their BG is normal again after an hour or two.
Thank you both! Nice to have some voices of reason!
I am still going to test her A1C when an opportunity arises. I am also going to try to avoid sweets as much as possible without undue deprivation....
I guess as a mum one can't stop watching and worrying.... and that little seed of fear about her getting diabetes is so firmly planted. I just hope and pray with all my heart that it never gets to grow.
Regardless, I guess we'll manage.
Yes, you're right! And she had pricked herself and drawn blood so I took it as a good opportunity. But I'm not going to go pricking her regularly to check this further unless I have good reason. Will get the a1c done in the next few weeks (after baby no. 2 arrives)... when things have settled and before her next pedia appointment..
That's perfectly fine after eating. Kids have somewhat lower BG than adults, but 109 is nothing at all to cause concern.
I've tested friends & my husband when he's allowed it. Almost everyone was over 100 after meals (highest was 123 after some serious carbs), but they came down to 80's very quickly.
Two years later and I forgot all about testing her. she is now 5. She has been asking me to test her blood sugar when I test mine - just the past few days.
A few random tests have all come back around 103 - 110. Yesterday afternoon tested and got 158! Sent her to wash her hands and retested at 115. Phew! Last night after bath and before sleeping got 138 (as far as I know she hadn't eaten for about 4 hours before that one). I am sure my meter is accurate.
So time to look at this a bit more closely and test her actual fasting numbers a few times and then 1 1/2 - 2 hours after a carby meal. I also have a home a1c test that I can do for her. I really hope I am concerned about nothing - but may be time to get the whole family onto a lower carb diet - not just mummy.
If my testing yields higher than normal numbers may also need to discuss with her pedia / touch base with a pediatric endo. I am an admirer of Bernstein and convinced of his rationale to keeping bs normal, particularly for children. Hopefully can intervene early enough that this won't progress.