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From Los Angeles, California, USA:

My son seems tired very often. He is not very active, therefore, he is having problems at school. Sometimes he seems disoriented and a few times during those episodes, his blood sugar has been low, in the 50s mg/dl [2.8 to 3.2 mmol/L]. Does his behavior have anything to do with his blood sugar levels? His teacher feels that he is taking advantage of his condition. Is there anything I can do to help him become more active?


Lows will occasionally happen with any child that has type 1 diabetes. Treatment of these should be prompt and effective.

Children and parents can occasionally use diabetes as a crutch to make poor decisions in school. You should avoid that and discourage your son from using diabetes as a reason not to perform at an adequate level in school. However, there should also be a reasonable way to ensure that his diabetes, including the occasional low blood sugar, is treated adequately in school -- with adequate provisions made for the occasional low blood sugars. If he is having frequent problems from his diabetes at school, I would encourage you to talk with his diabetes team to ensure his insulin dosing is working well to meet his needs.


Original posting 17 Jan 2007
Posted to Behavior and Hypoglycemia


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