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Managing Diabetes During Illness

Suggestions for Foods and Fluids to Offer When Your Child is Sick

It can be challenging to manage blood sugars when your child is sick; sometimes we need to offer foods that contain sugar, at other times we want to offer foods that do not contain sugar. Here are some ideas of foods to offer under both circumstances:

 10 grams carbohydrate
Clear Fluids
Regular (flat) Pop (not diet)* 75 mL 1/3 cup
Sugar sweetened Kool-Aid®* 75 mL 1/3 cup
Regular Jell-O®* 50 mL 1/4 cup
Grape Juice* 50 mL 1/4 cup
Gatorade®* 160 mL 2/3 cup
Regular Popsicle* ½
Apple* or pineapple juice 75 mL 1/3 cup
Orange juice 125 mL 1/2 cup
V-8 or tomato juice 250 mL 1 cup
Ice cream 75 mL 1/3 cup
Sherbert 50 mL 1/4 cup
Unsweetened canned fruit/applesauce 125 mL 1/2 cup
Sweetened applesauce 50 mL 1/4 cup
Yogurt tube 60 mL 1
Minigo® 60 mL 1
15 grams carbohydrate 
Cooked rolled oats 125 mL 1/2 cup
Cooked cream of wheat 125 mL 1/2 cup
Canned soup (check label) 250 mL 1 cup
Soda crackers 8
Plain cookies 2
Graham crackers 3
Ritz crackers 7
Toasted English muffin 1/2
Bread/toast 1 slice
Cooked pasta/noodles 125 mL 1/2 cup
Pudding tube 64 grams 1
Flavoured yogurt 125 mL 1/2 cup
Diet fruit yogurt 250 mL 1 cup
White milk 250 mL 1 cup
Chocolate milk 125 mL 1/2 cup
Sugar-free Fluids
Sugar-free pop/Sugar-free flavoured sparkling water/Sugar-free Powerade®
Sugar-free popsicles
Sugar-free Jell-O®
If your child has frequent diarrhea or vomiting, offer these types of foods/fluids:
Broths, consommé, fruit juices, Gatorade®, Powerade®, Pedialyte®, Lytren®


The above information was adapted with permission from The Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic information handouts.

The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.

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