Parents of kids with type 1 diabetes know that there are some times when you’ll have to ask your child to put off eating. But what do you do when she’s begging for that yummy treat in the cupboard just beyond her reach? Here are some of the things that have worked for us:

Distraction. Usually the best option for us to keep Kaitlyn from wanting to eat when she has a high blood sugar level is to distract her with something else she wants to do. I realize that this strategy may not work forever, but for my little 5-year-old, playing with a favorite toy or watching a TV show can go a long way in keeping her from wanting to eat for a while.

Water. A lot of times, giving Kaitlyn a big drink of water will do the trick. Drinking water is a healthy option, and it makes her feel a lot better too.

Zero-carb or low-carb snacks. Some of Kaitlyn’s favorite snacks to have when she has a high blood sugar level are cheese, lunch meat, eggs, bacon, nuts, sugar-free Jell-O®, vegetables, and cottage cheese. A plate full of Daddy’s “cheesy eggs” are always a big hit with her and fill her tummy nicely.

Save it for later. Sometimes when Kaitlyn says she’s hungry, she’s not really that hungry, but wants to eat something yummy she just saw. (I think a lot of us can relate on this one!) Usually in this case, I’ll grab a baggie for her to keep the snack for later. Sometimes I’ll put a ribbon around the top or a cute sticker on the bag, and she’ll carry it around for a while until I tell her it’s ok to eat it.

As much as we try to keep Kaitlyn’s blood sugar in a good range, highs just happen sometimes. We try to be careful about getting her back in range quickly, and it’s easier when Kaitlyn cooperates!


Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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