Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 20, 2003
Question from Pennsylvania, USA:
Can anyone give me an idea of the daily amount and type of insulin for a 9-year-old? A general idea? I know there are individualistic considerations, but I can't find an example child or a case study on dosages? Any suggestions?
The amount of insulin required for a child is determined by making a good estimate in your physician’s office and frequently making changes to that dosing based on their response. There is no good way to accurately figure a dose based on mathematics — rather it is best done by an experienced physician who carefully reviews the blood sugars. The range is typically between 0.4 and 1.5 units/kilogram/day total daily dose of insulin — although there are exceptions even to that broad range.