Blood Glucose Levels in Children

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The fasting blood glucose level of a child should be between 60 and 100, but two hours after a meal should find the level between 120 and 140. Find out when parents should have their child's blood glucose levels checked with help from a licensed RN in this free video on blood glucose levels.

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Hi. My name's Katyi Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas. And today, the question is about blood glucose levels in children. The fasting blood glucose level of a child, which is taken either four to six hours after a meal or first thing in the morning is when you probably get the best fasting glucose result. That level should be between 60 and 100. After meals, it's going to vary. One to two hours after, it's going to be between 120 and 140. But a normal fasting is between 60 and 100. If your child's blood glucose level is higher than this, you need to go see a doctor and to be diagnosed either as a pre-diabetic to do some preventative treatment or medicine, or to be diagnosed as a diabetic. If the blood glucose level is higher than 126, you're generally, at that point, diagnosed with diabetes. So these are some of the things to look out for. If you have a child that's frequently urinating or they have excessive thirst or hunger, if they're irritable, having blurred vision, they're excessively weak or fatigued, you might want to have their blood sugar checked just to make sure that they're not a diabetic. And those are the normal blood glucose levels for children.

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