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How do you test a toddlers urine with the glucose/ketone test strips??

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by heamwdevine, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. heamwdevine

    heamwdevine Approved members

    Feb 18, 2009
    Just wondering how some of you have done this? I'd like to test his urine just for peace of mind. I have tried to put a test strip in his diaper before but he did not let me. Any tricks??

    I just tested his BS for the first time and I got a 127, 148, 122. A little high I thought (that's why I did 3 times) and he wants to do it like his sister. That was after eating a peanut butter and jelly and blueberries.
  2. Charliesmom

    Charliesmom Approved members

    Jan 8, 2009
    I used to put cotton balls in his diaper and squeeze it on the strip. That's what they taught us to do at diagnosis. Now Charlie likes to pee on the stick in hopes of peeing on my hand. :rolleyes:
  3. seeingspots

    seeingspots Approved members

    Feb 11, 2009
    Yep, we do the cotton balls around his "pee pee" in his diapers too. Kinda a pain, as they sometimes shift or if he poops you sometimes get that on the balls too. Since our insurance doesn't cover the blood ketone strips, we have to keep cotton balls in his diapers 24/7, since we never know when we'll get a high reading and need to check his urine.
  4. Jacque471

    Jacque471 Approved members

    Nov 7, 2008
    Cotton balls is the way to go. When we were in the hospital they tried to just press the strip against and freshly wet diaper, but I don't think they had much sucess.

    Sorry the blood strips are not covered. They are under our current insurance, but not sure if they will be under our new insurance that starts on May 1. I sure hope so, as I am not a very good judge of colors on sticks. Not for Ketones and not for pool chemicals either LOL
  5. mmgirls

    mmgirls Approved members

    Nov 28, 2008
    I have good luck with "cotton rounds", the cosmetics kind.
  6. danismom79

    danismom79 Approved members

    Apr 21, 2008
    I don't know how much peace of mind you'll get, as everyone can produce ketones.
  7. moco89

    moco89 Approved members

    Mar 1, 2008
    I would use the Precision Xtra Ketone meter with a toddler.

    Since they can get dehydrated easily, and urine is hard to obtain at times, the blood ketone meter is more accurate and convenient.

    Plus, it's only a matter of time until you will absolutely need a ketone reading-when sick and dehydrated.
  8. Nancy in VA

    Nancy in VA Approved members

    Jul 16, 2007
    This is for your non-diabetic right? I would fuss with urine strips.

    I also wouldn't test him unless he is showing specific signs of concern such as peeing, drinking a lot, lethargy.

    If you really think you need to test, just use the blood glucose monitor you use for the others. If you don't want the reading to factor in, just set it to control solution

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