Bedtime snacks are important for blood sugar control for children with diabetes who use insulin. A snack that includes carbohydrate and protein helps to keep up your child's blood sugar level through the night. A typical bedtime snack should include 15 grams of carbohydrate and 7 to 8 grams of protein. This amount can change based on your child's age, blood sugar levels, and activity throughout the day.
Examples of foods containing 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate and 7 to 8 grams of protein include:
15 gram carbohydrate snacks:
30 gram carbohydrate snacks:
*Yogurt and milk provide about 15 grams of carbohydrate as well as protein.
Adjust carbohydrate amounts based on what the blood sugar is at bedtime. Here are some guidelines to follow:
At bedtime, if your child's blood sugar is:
Children who have had an active day should have a bedtime snack no matter what their blood sugar level. Ask your healthcare provider for more specific information.