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.
November 29, 1999
Question from Durham, North Carolina, USA:
Can I give my Type 1 diabetic 5 year old over-the-counter fever reducers that presumably contain sugar (for example, Tylenol [acetominophen])? If not, what should I give her?
You can use whatever your child’s doctor recommends. A small amount of sugar will not have an impact on your child’s health. I would caution about some of the cold medications (decongestants) may cause make the blood sugars go up, not by sugar content in the tablet, but by the effect of the medicine on the hormones of the body. You can still use cold medications, but check with your diabetes care provider for advice.