High BGLs

Sometimes BGLs can go too high. This can be when the child is:

  • Sick or unwell
  • Stressed, worried or excited
  • Less active than usual
  • Eating more than usual
  • Doesn’t have enough insulin in their body (e.g. they forgot their insulin injection or didn’t get the right dose)

Sometimes high BGLs happen for no reason at all.

If the child’s BGL is above 15mmol/L and they’re feeling OK, they can join in all activities, but really active sports are not recommended. They should drink plenty of water and do another test if they’re not feeling well.

If the child’s BGL is above 15mmol/L and they’re feeling sick, they might have ketones, which means that their diabetes is out of balance. High BGLs and ketones can make them really unwell, give them stomach pains, make them thirsty and want to go to the toilet a lot. In this situation, it’s important to contact the child’s parents for advice.

If the child starts vomiting, seek advice immediately.