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Those with older kids who check in class-how do they clean their fingers

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by liasmommy2000, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. liasmommy2000

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    alcohol swabs, wet wipes, etc?

    In elementary school all classrooms had a sink in the classroom (and two bathrooms). So convenient for washing hands before blood checks.

    No sinks in the class in middle school. I know neither option is optimal, but what works for your child? Ideally she would wash hands after lunch before going back to class so at least there wouldn't be food residue, but I know that she's not going to want to do that and if she does at all it will only last a few days before she stops doing it.
     
  2. danismom79

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    :eek: Uh, she doesn't, unless, like you said, she has food on them.
     
  3. hawkeyegirl

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    I suspect the honest answer for a lot of self-managing kids is "saliva." :rolleyes:

    Actually, it would kind of interesting if someone did a study as to how well saliva cleans a finger for a BG check if nothing has been eaten recently. Obviously, that's not the solution you're going to offer your daughter, but I'm bored this afternoon and pondering all sorts of useless things. ;)
     
  4. Kaylas mom

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    If there is no access to a sink then they will use an alcohol wipe or sanitizer. If that isn't there.. then, yeah.. nothing.
     
  5. KatieSue

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    Same at our house. Sigh....
     
  6. JackyH

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    he doesn't clean them:eek:- if the meter shows a really hokey number and he has called me about it I'll ask him to go to the washroom and clean them and try again but other than that it's a simple poke and go.
     
  7. McKenna'smom

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    I put Wet Ones in DD's backpack, but I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 times she doesn't use them.
     
  8. lgouldin

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    alcohol swabs
     
  9. thebestnest5

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    L wipes off the first drop of blood and tests the second drop that she squeezes. She has been known to wipe the first drop off on the underside of a dark shirt bottom or the underside of her dark-colored pant leg.:p It works for removing sugar contamination with the first drop--we've tested that hypothesis and it works. ETA: if her hands are obviously dirty/sugary--then she'll wash her hands in a sink...but it's rare that her hands actually look/feel dirty/sugary.
     
  10. Amy C.

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    He probably swipes the finger on his pants, if he does any sort of cleaning at all.
     
  11. swimmom

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    Ditto. Alcohol swab if she thinks she might have any residue that would affect #s.
     
  12. PixieStix

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    I cut baby wipes into eight squares (so just the same size as an alcohol pad), put in a little ziplock baggie they sell in craft stores just that size. So in his meter case he always has this little bag of wipes that he uses whenever he checks at school or elsewhere.
     
  13. bnmom

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    lol yup.

    I'd be tickled to think Bobby cleans his finger first, but realistically I think if he even licks it first we're ahead of the game. :eek:
     
  14. emm142

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    Yeah, er. Nothing. ;)

    Unless my fingers actually have something on them, in which case I pop out and wash my hands with soap and water.
     
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    He's supposed to clean them?? :rolleyes::)
     
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    I never wash my hands before I test:eek: unless I have been eating/touching sugary food, if I think that my number was inaccurate I wash and test Again but that doesn't happen often
     
  17. NJPHV

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    I have the opposite--my son freaks out if he thinks I haven't cleaned his finger enough, and I have to use alcohol swab--guess I've got a Diabetic germaphobe:rolleyes:
     
  18. MrsBadshoe

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    I don't think my kids have ever cleaned their fingers prior to testing in 8 years- other than if the test is super HI without explanation....
     
  19. liasmommy2000

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    Ok, I was afraid that was the answer I would be getting. I'm going to put in alcohol swabs and maybe they will get used....and maybe not!
     
  20. Michelle'sMom

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    I found the GermX sanitizer wipes on clearance for 50 cents a bag. I was all excited to find a real bargain on something we could use. Yeah, they're in the D supply cabinet.:D
     

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