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Discomfort and symptoms

Discomfort, symptoms and emergency preparedness of type 1 diabetes

Despite all the precautions taken, it is possible for a diabetic child to feel unwell at school.

Voici les malaises qui peuvent se présenter avec leurs symptômes :

Hypoglycémie :

Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar level is low, below 4 mmol/L.

Hyperglycémie :

It occurs when the blood sugar level is too high, either after a meal that is too rich in carbohydrates or after the wrong dosage of insulin. Other factors may be involved, such as taking certain medications, physical or psychological stress, or a decrease in physical activity.

Some other symptoms, specific to each child, may appear. Be sure to mention your child’s symptoms.


The symptoms that should be cause for alarm are:
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Perspiration
  • Anxiety
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Pins and needles
Other symptoms may also appear such as:
  • Concentration problems
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Speech impairment
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

What to do then?

When the blood sugar level is low, it is imperative that the child is able to correct it immediately.

The student must have access to a fast source of sugar (see table below) in order to correct it.


Its symptoms are:
  • fatigue
  • heavy urination
  • intense thirst
  • exaggerated hunger
  • involuntary weight loss
  • irritability
  • dizziness