Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada:

We have a new child in our daycare center who has diabetes, and he he comes to daycare with a slice of cheese and a yogurt for his breakfast. We feed the child a snack and lunch. We have asked the parents to fill out how much the child is allowed to eat, but we were told us it didn't really matter, and we are becoming very concerned about this because his blood sugar readings have been very low. Can you recommend some way of us to measure and be sure he is getting the right amount of food? We have another child in the daycare who also has diabetes and have been using the numbers from his parents but it doesn't seem to work. Anything you can tell us would be helpful.


It it is important that you ask the parents again if they can be more specific with regards to the amount of food (either carbs or exchanges)that the child requires. The parents should have met with a Registered Dietitian at diagnosis to develop a meal plan individualized to the child's caloric needs and food likes.

If the parents tell you they are unfamiliar with such meal planning or it's "been put on the back burner", I would ask you to encourage them to set up an appointment with an RD who specializes in diabetes meal planning for children.


Original posting 4 Nov 2002
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:38
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.