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Guidelines for Treating Lows by Age

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When treating hypoglycemia, the following table will help you determine how much sugar to use.

Source of Sugar Under 6 Years of Age
(5 - 10 grams)
6-10 Years of Age
(10 - 15 grams)
Over 10 Years of Age
(15 - 20 grams)
Glucose Tablets (large)
(1 tablet = 5 grams)
1 - 2 tablets 2 - 3 tablets 3 - 4 tablets
Glucose Tablets (small)
(1 tablet = 4 grams)
1 - 2 tablets 3 - 4 tablets 4 - 5 tablets
Glucose gel
(31 gram tube)
1/6 - 1/3 tube 1/3 - 1/2 tube 1/2 - 2/3 tube
Cake icing (small tube)
(1 teaspoon = 4 grams)
2 teaspoons 3 teaspoons 4 - 5 teaspoons
Honey, maple, or Karo Syrup
(1 teaspoon = 5 grams)
1 - 2 teaspoons 2 - 3 teaspoons 3 - 4 teaspoons
Orange juice
(1/3 cup = 10 grams)
1/4 - 1/2 cup 1/2 - 3/4 cup 3/4 - 1 cup
Apple juice
(1/3 cup = 10 grams)
1/4 - 1/2 cup 1/2 - 3/4 cup 3/4 - 1 cup
Table sugar
(1 teaspoon = 4 grams)
2 teaspoons 3 teaspoons 4 - 5 teaspoons
Regular soda pop
(1 ounce = 3 grams)
2 - 3 ounces 4 - 5 ounces 5 - 6 ounces
Raisins
(1 tbsp = 7 1/2 grams)
1 tablespoon 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons 2 1/2 -3 tablespoons
Lifesavers
(1= 3 grams)
2 - 3 4 - 5 5 - 7
Milk (Skim or 1%)
(8 ounces = 12 grams)
4 - 5 ounces 6 - 7 ounces 8 - 10 ounces

Reference: Understanding Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, 9th Edition, by Dr. Peter Chase, page 23.

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