Hello everyone. I was just looking for some different snack/drink options for my 12 year old daughter when she gets low. Her normal go to are the glucose tablets/gels, juice and skittles. What else is good for raising her BG levels? She would like to try different things every once in a while but we are not sure what would be good. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks!
Hi desi, my 14 yr old always carries jelly beans on him when he is not home as someone else suggested they are about 1 carb each, so pretty easy and easy to carry, tastier than glucose tabs! at home he typically has 1/2 a glass of apple juice if under 50 he may have some saltines also, if it is before bed like last night! he tends to have milk and some type of chocolate to follow last night 2/3 cup of milk and 4 hershey kisses brought him up to 98 from 68 and he woke up at 114. he was 68 before his bedtime snack so i usually make him retest ( about an hour after right before bed) he doesnt like this he's like mom i always come up well when he was 68 again ( i have a sixth sense about when he should retest!) he just grinned and said i guess i need some kisses!!! best of luck with your daughter. amy
Thank you so much Amy! Hershey kisses are a favorite of Kiely's but she doesn't eat them often. She is really liking the jelly bean idea. lol Tomorrow we are heading to to get some jelly beans. :) I asked this before but, from your experience, is it good for her to have something else besides just something to raise her BG? For example you said he drinks milk with the Hershey Kisses or crackers or whatever. I hope I am making sense. lol I have seen others say they do juice and a bananas or crackers. We are still fairly new to all this, her 1 year diagnosis is on Feb 15. Thanks for your help! Lauren
hi lauren, treating a low depends on how close it is to a meal and what they plan on doing, if it is close than just the 15 carbs of juice, jelly beans, milk, or crackers is fine as long as they are not super low, if jacob is under say 45 he is going to need more like 30 carbs, if she is planning on going out to play and the meal isnt an hour or two away i would follow up the low treatment ( simple carbs) with some fat or protein, peanut butter, cheese stick, hershey kisses (of course these are both carbs and fat) to keep her going. i like elizabeth's idea of chocolate milk for treating a low, something they will like it has the sugar and some protein and fat. interesting the different brands have a different effect! so nice to share idea here. i hope all this helps. no question is silly. we are all learning and supporting each other.
Thank you so much for your advice and help!! Tonight we went out and got jelly beans to Kiely's delight (and our younger daughter's too, lol). I have no idea why I have never thought of that before. And I agree the chocolate milk idea is great!!
How did you learn all this?? lol
live it, learn it i guess, reading lots but not obsessing, and yes spending time and sharing with others here. just another mommy role! lol on the double jelly beans luckily my younger son gets the whole diabetes thing but isnt overly concerned, he knows if there is only enough milk for one left jacob will get it because i've already added in the carbs! but jacob has been known to share his jelly beans with his brother and the large duck at a walking trail we go to donald ( the duck) didnt care for the glucose tabs, you would think we would remember bread!
lol Now I will be thinking about a duck eating jelly beans and glucose tablets next time I see one! lol And those jelly beans might not have been the best idea...I had forgotten how addicting they can be. Agh! ;) But Kiely has several pre-counted out jelly beans in baggies in her diabetic (and totally cool, what she says) bag. It feels like I am reading new info every day. So much to take in and learn.
yes we wondered at first if jacob would overtreat or overeat! the jelly beans, but he realized they are just a replacement for his glucose tabs which he liked at first ( the precounted bagies are best they make mini bagies to) but the chalky quality of the tabs got old. so as long as she understands, teachable moments without being preachy! although at 14 with jacob anything teachable in my eyes can be preachy in his....balance..breath...all will be ok! and yes chocking hazard for mr duck we will try to bring bread next time!!
Oh Kiely doesn't overeat the jelly beans...I do!! lol A dangerous snack! lol Kiely has been really good at not overeating and does so well at counting her carbs. But there are actually times where I know she is still hungry but is worrying about her carb amount. Example she would like a second roll but won't eat it b/c she of the carbs in it. It breaks my heart. I can see her eyeing the roll. She will go for the lower carb option instead...like the meat or veggies...but you can see her still eyeing that roll. :(
i hear you on that one, what a good girl though, it is obvious she understands and is doing her best, lots of love and high fives to kiely, that is the beauty of a pump just add on for the extra roll, desert.. someday jacob will have more carb restraint but for now covering seems to work for him with no real restraint and a decent a1c so i am ok with that. have a great day desi! amy
For some reason I can't reply under your latest response, so I will respond under here. lol She has the pump and loves it!! We actually just had to get her a new one b/c her other one just wasn't priming right...for no reason. But she had to go back on shots for a few days. We forgot how "spoiled" the pump made us! lol tonight she had milk and a little regular chocolate syrup before bed b/c of her low number and she thought that was fabulous. lol I hope your son is doing well!!