What are healthy blood sugar levels for children with diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association's recommendations for healthy blood sugar levels for children are based on the age of the child and the time of day that the reading is taken. For children under 6 years old, a healthy blood sugar range before meals should be between 100 and 180 and between 110 and 200 at bedtime. For children between 6 and 12 years old, the range should be between 90 and 180 before meals and 100 and 180 at bedtime. Adolescent children between 13 and 19 years old should have ranges between 90 and 130 before meals and 90 and 150 at bedtime, which are the same ranges recommended for adults with type 1 diabetes.
If your pancreas isn't producing any insulin, you have to rely on insulin shots to help you maintain healthy blood glucose levels. You'll still have ups and downs throughout the day, but blood glucose levels should stay within your target range. Blood glucose is measured in milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL. Find your target range for blood glucose levels below:
  • Babies and young children (younger than age 6 years)
  • Target range: 100 to 200 mg/dL
  • School-age children (ages 6 to 12 years)
  • Target range: 80 to 150 mg/dL
  • Adolescents (ages 13 to 19 years)
  • Target range: 70 to 150 mg/dL

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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