My son has recently switched to Lantus and Novolog. I have a question regarding bolus insulin for snacks. How many carbs can he eat without having to bolus? He takes Lantus at bedtime, then Novolog for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a carb/ insulin ratio of 1:12. He goes to school all day, and sometimes gets hungry and I am wondering if it is necessary always for him to take insuling even for snacks?
Any ideas/input would be appreciated.
I'm not a doctor and these questions should be discussed with your doctor or nurse educator. It will most likely depend on his blood sugar when he has the snack and how much and what kind of a snack he has. Checking his blood sugar a couple hours he has asnack should also tell you if he needed a little more insulin. But I wouldn't do anything without checking it out with your doctor first.
My son is 11. He takes lantus at bed time and 1 unit of novolog for every 15 carbs at meals. His doctor allows him to have snacks up to 5 carbs in between meals without insulin because 5 carbs won't round up to equal a whole unit anyways. The best snacks that curve his appetite are pork skins, string cheese and nuts (he likes sunflower seeds).
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