From Indiana, USA:
How does rebounding affect a 5 year old?
A simple question hiding a multitude of problems.
I assume that you mean the commonly observed high blood sugars following on from a hypo. Over the years there has been a big debate about the existence or otherwise of the Somogyi effect. The best evidence is that this doesn't normally happen (i.e., undetected hypo during the night followed by high sugars because of the hyperglycaemic effect of the surge of hormones - cortisol, adrenaline and growth hormone). However, anyone who has looked after a young child will regularly see this phenomenon during the day. I think that it is very often largely due to overtreatment of the hypo and trial and error will correct this problem.
The other thing to watch out for is too high an insulin dose which characteristically can result in swinging blood sugars. Paradoxically, reduction in insulin dose may cause the sugars to stabilise even though the record book shows frequent high results.
It goes without saying that swinging blood sugars are not desirable and if your son is experiencing this (very common at his age) then you should seek the help of your diabetes team.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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