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.
April 7, 2003
Question from Doniphan, Nebraska, USA:
My granddaughter was diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago and is on three shots per day. I get very concerned about her diabetes being regulated because her blood sugar will be high (around 450 mg/dl [25 mmol/L]) and then drop to around 40 mg/dl [2.2 mmol/L]. I spoke to my daughter-in-law last night by phone who said if it gets very low my granddaughter could go into a coma. This is so frightening for me because I know she has to eat at certain times, and she is staying with a babysitter, and I am not sure the sitter understand the serious consequences of this disease if everything is not followed perfectly. What is the dangerous level for going into a coma?
Children can become unresponsive or have a seizure at very low blood sugar levels. This varies for each child but is typically in the range of less than 40 mg/dl [2.2 mmol/L]. It is important to avoid low blood sugars by paying close attention to blood sugar levels throughout the day and night and adjusting insulin dosing frequently to optimize care.
Low blood sugars, however, happen despite the best care, and it is important to know how to treat them when they do occur. Please read more about the treatment of low blood sugars at our hypoglycemia pages.