From Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA:
My six year old son, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost four months ago, was having a lot of lows at 10-11 am, so his doctor then took him off of the Regular, and now he is two shots of day of NPH only. However, his sugar is still going low at that time and again at 4-6 pm. In addition, he is having highs after breakfast. His sugar usually goes up around 8:30-9:30 am, and then drops very low around 10:00-11:00 am.
His doctor changed him to a lower dose of NPH, but then his sugars were high all the time, so he changed him back to one unit less than what he was on before, and now he is back to the high to low thing. It seems to me that his sugars are dropping about the time the NPH peaks out, and I think perhaps he needs to change the type of insulin he takes. What is your opinion?
I agree that a change in insulin should help to normalize the blood sugars and help to minimize the excessive lability you're seeing. Most children in my practice in this situation end up on Lantus as basal insulin and then take Humalog or NovoLog for carbohydrates and high blood sugars.
Original posting 9 Jun 2003
Posted to Daily Care
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:46
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