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Healthy snack for treating low BG

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by LoveMyHounds, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. LoveMyHounds

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    What is your CWD having? My DD hates glucose tabs/candies/frosting/sugar/everything else.at.this.point.
    We try to avoid juice, because even the one with the smallest amount of carbs we found (10) is too much for her.

    Would any fruits (the best would be the dry ones) work quickly enough?
     
  2. MomofSweetOne

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    We use fruit strips regularly. How do you set the Dexcom? We will also use peas, carrots, etc. for an alarm of 80 that is a slow drop. It seems like about 4 mini carrots will do the trick to bump her toward 100. For lower numbers, we use glucose tabs, frozen orange juice concentrate, honey, etc.
     
  3. nebby3

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    We've found ripe bananas and watermelon to raise bg fast.
     
  4. Lizzie's Mom

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    Fig Newtons. Aldi's brand is less than $1 per package.

    The fig filling is a fast carb; the cookie outer part is a long carb. 11 carbs per cookie.

    And they travel pretty well in a small container =o).

    We also keep Go-Go Squeeze apple sauces in her go-bag. They aren't quite as cheap but travel really well. They also come in different flavors and have no added sugar. About 15 carbs.
     
  5. mmgirls

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    OMG

    Flashback.

    When my dd was very younge we used fig newtons to get to the next dose of 1/2 or full unit.

    Isn't it like 10 carbs per cookie?they are easy to devide.




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    I like Go Squeeze or fruit leathers. Fig newtons used to be on the list, but my daughter said that when she's low that they sometimes feel like trying to chew sawdust. When she's low, she gets really funny about textures, so things can be hit or miss...
     
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    We use clementine oranges and grapes. Clementines are 10 carbs each and 1/3 c of grape is 8-10. My son's go-to choice for lows right now is Nerds as they are easy to carry and can be eaten quickly..but not healthy at all :tongue:
     
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    We use raisins often. It only takes a few to raise her BG where we need it to be.
     
  9. LoveMyHounds

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    Thank you guys for some great ideas! :)

    Did anyone try meringues? (OK, forget the word "healthy" from my topic :wink: )
     
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    They aren't particularly healthy, but my DD uses pretzels often for non emergency lows. She doesn't care for sweets regardless, let alone after a lot of lows. They are super fast for a non-sugar food. Basically just white flour and no fat to slow absorption.
     
  11. mmgirls

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    we are experimenting with dried mango's. So far the times that we have used them they didn't seem too slow.

    Also dried apple are pretty carby for just a little bit.

    Pretzels are very quick!
     
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    We've been dealing with a lot of lows lately. I just reduced several basal and I:C ratios last night. So far haven't really noticed a significant improvement. This morning Ashleigh was 64, but is also getting sick of glucose tabs, candies, and juice. So she had a banana with peanut butter. We cut the banana into slices and smeared PB in the middle. Made several little "sandwiches". It worked, brought her BS up to 125.
     
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    we use gogurts. 12g per tube for most of them. since my Dkid is a toddler, I feel the chiobani are too thick for a low. but I believe they are 9g.
     
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    I'm curious whether y'all would use these alternative snacks for a serious low (say, in the 40s) or whether you would only use them when your child has just dipped below range. Do you have a cutoff number for choosing a pure sugar snack vs. a healthier snack?
     
  15. mmgirls

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    anything below 60 gets a juice box, first.

    We CGM and if it was a drift down to 70 and no active insulin then yes she could have an alternate snack, if it is 90 with double arrows down and IOB then its a juice box.
     
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    Gogurts/tube yogurts. Applesauce if the low isn't below 70
     
  17. Ali

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    So I find this interesting. The last time I had a discussion about this I was told that juice was not that fast and to use glucose tabs for those real lows. Do you find that something like apple juice works quickly enough when you have IOB and are dropping? I tend to use soft drinks, i.e. coke or ginger ale or a glucose tab if I am going low quickly. For mild drops I use something else like a gumdrop or skittles etc. Thank you
    Lisa
     
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    We just bought some dried pineapple today as a low snack. She wanted to try a little to make sure she liked it (she did) and the Dexcom shot right up!
     
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    Wow, I will try this, I know pineapple is super high in simple sugars so makes sense but isn't dried pineapple pricey?? Hate to say it but I use sugar a bunch on a regular basis to raise my BG, I use a CGMS, but will add it to my kit of stuff to use. Thanks for the idea.
    Ali
     
  20. wilf

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    DD goes for apple juice for dire lows (under 50) and fresh fruit for anything above that. But even the dire lows, she'll just have enough juice to get her to around 60 and then top it up with fresh fruit. Works for her. :cwds:
     

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