Decrease FontIncrease FontPrintPrint

Children with diabetes follow a special diet and/or inject insulin

Diabetes is a disease where the body is not able to regulate its blood sugar because it is unable to produce any insulin (Type 1) or it can not produce enough insulin or properly use the insulin it does produce (Type 2). Most children with diabetes have Type 1.  Learn more about the different types of diabetes.

Children who have diabetes control this condition by watching what, when and how much they eat balanced with their activity, and if needed, also through pills or insulin injections. Children with Type 1 diabetes require insulin injections. Insulin helps control and lower blood sugar. When the blood sugar gets too low it can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)

  • Hunger
  • Sleepy/tired
  • Shaky/dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Mood changes or acting strangely
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Pale skin color
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unconsciousness or convulsions/seizures (severe)

In case of severe hypoglycemia, call 9-1-1.

Low blood sugar reactions are most likely to occur:

  • after more exercise than usual
  • after missing a snack or meal
  • when sick or having extra stress
  • after taking too much insulin

Important to note

It is important for students with diabetes that:

Other resources


As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO