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August 14, 1999

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from New York, New York, USA:

I know a 4 year old with Downs Syndrome and IDDM who drinks 3-4 bottles of milk each day. What effect does that have on blood sugars and what can a child with IDDM drink?

Answer:

Milk contains the same amount of carbohydrate as a fruit or slice of bread, so it does affect the blood sugar. Water and some sugar free liquids such as sugar free Koolade can be used when the child is thirsty. Milk and fruit juices should be given as part of a meal or snack, not on top of the routine meal or snack.

JM