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.
June 1, 2002
Hyperglycemia and DKA
Question from Lumberton, North Carolina, USA:
My child has type�1 diabetes. How high can a child's glucose levels get before it becomes dangerous? What should I do when the levels get this high?
I believe that any blood sugar over 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L] requires action most of the time. I would suggest understanding what causes high blood sugars and the risk of DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] when you’re considering why the blood sugar is high. I would suggest testing ketones whenever there is an unexpected high blood sugar (especially if it is above 240 mg/dl [13.3 mmol/L] ), any vomiting, abdominal pain or if the child is sick in any way. In addition, most of the time, I would suggest taking extra fast acting insulin such as Humalog or Novolog for the high blood sugar. See Hyperglycemia.
[Editor’s comment: This is basic information about which your child’s physician and/or diabetes team should have given you instruction. Do not attempt to provide extra insulin without consulting them for specific guidelines about when and how to use it.