The holidays have now come and gone. You’ve likely had multiple family gatherings, and we’re officially in the thick of winter. I don’t know about your family, but this time of year tends to be a hot spot for our family to catch and spread illness. However, this year we’re prepared!
When illness strikes our house, 9-out-of-10 times it comes completely out of nowhere, in the wee hours of the night when we are awoken by crying kiddos. It’s seriously so bizarre. Most nights that our kids end up getting sick they were acting completely normal prior to bedtime, giving no signs that something was brewing.
So because illness tends to strike at random times at our house, I rarely have everything I need on hand to properly care for kiddos. I (or my husband) almost always have to go run out for “sick supplies,” which is the last thing I want to be doing when I have a kiddo who is feeling under the weather. So I finally wised up and created a “sick kit” of shelf stable items that can help me avoid the middle of the night store runs, when illness does decide to strike.
Because illness and diabetes go together about as good as oil and water, I thought I would share a sick kit that is specific to diabetes sick day management.
Here’s what’s inside:
- Water bottles- This is for obvious reasons- it’s important to stay hydrated when sick! You also want to push fluids to help get rid of those pesky ketones that seem to just love to join sick parties.
- 7-UP (regular & diet)– I like to have both on hand when C is sick because especially when he has a tummy bug, he tends to go low quite often, so it’s nice to have regular 7-UP for when we’re trying to bring his blood sugar up, and the Diet is nice if he’s high, but wanting something other than water to drink.
- Gatorade (regular & G2)- I like to have both on hand for the same reasons I do for regular 7-Up and Diet. Do note that G2 does have carbs in it, it’s just a lot less than regular Gatorade.
- Juice boxes- No, juice is not the best for a sick tummy, but I like to have juice boxes stashed just in case of emergencies and this seemed like a good place to have some.
Shelf-stable foods that are good on a sick tummy:
- Chicken noodle soup
- Saltine crackers
Diabetic sick day supplies:
- Frosting- I’ve never actually had to use this before, but I heard a tip long ago to always keep a tube of frosting on hand, and in the event of a severe low put some frosting on the inside of your kiddos cheek.
- Glucose tabs
- Glucagon kit
- Ketostix- You may want to include a disposable cup with this. For a couple of years C wasn’t comfortable “going” directly on the stick and found using a cup to collect with, and then test, was easier. You can also get a ketone meter that uses a blood drop, much like a blood sugar check. We used to use a ketone meter when C was still in diapers, but have since gone away from it because it was a bigger pain to keep up with the prescription and the expiring sticks than to just use Ketostix.
- Medicine- Pain relievers, cough syrups, cough drops, anti-diarrhea and anti-vomiting medicine, etc. It can be helpful to find sugar-free products when possible. Everything pictured above is sugar-free.
- Thermometer- It’s nice to also have extra thermometer batteries on hand just in case.
- Hand sanitizer
Other items I’m assuming you already have on hand:
- Dr.’s phone numbers
- Blood glucose monitoring supplies- Meter, strips, lancing device.
- Insulin pump supplies (or syringes if not on a pump)
As with just about everything else pertaining to diabetes, I’ve found that planning ahead and planning for the unexpected, helps everything run much smoother and takes off so much stress! Having a sick kit ready with supplies for when illness strikes gives me such peace of mind! Hopefully it will you too!