OMG, need advice regarding ice cream

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Dylan's birthday was at the beginning of the month and he has had the opportunity (with going out to dinner and parties) to have more ice cream than normal and I am SHOCKED at how high his numbers get. Normally I will give him about 2-3T of ice cream after dinner on one of those kiddie cones and it really doesn't affect his numbers. Two weeks ago we went to Friendly's and he had a sundae for dessert after dinner and we gave him twice his normal dose of insulin to cover the ice cream. about 5 hours after dinner and dessert his number was in the high 300s; we did a correction shot and kept an eye on him all night.
So the next two times he had ice cream we tried splitting the dose; half at dinner and then half 2 hours later at bedtime and again he was high overnight. we did give him his normal bedtime snack and maybe we shouldn't when he has ice cream like that.
Anyone have any insight to help?
He has his endo appointment next week and I will bring it up there as well.

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Suzanne - posted on 07/15/2011

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My daughter was just diagnosed this past weekend. We haven't had official diet training yet. I asked about snacks and specifically bedtime snacks. They want her to stay in the 15-20 carb range. They said ice cream was ok as a bedtime snack as long as it fits in the carb range. She had a 1/2 cup last night that was 17 carbs. She was 142 at 9:30 before her bedtime snack. Then she had the ice cream and went to bed (I scooped it with a measuring cup to make sure of the amount). At her 2 am check she was 233.

I'm worried about her numbers bouncing around so much. It might be because she is newly diagnosed and we are still making adjustments in her meds as her body recovers. When we were admitted to the ER and she was diagnosed her BG was right at 1000! So far most night's she's been dropping quite a bit so the Dr. has been dropping her Lantus 1 unit for the past 2 days. She was at 5U and is now at 3U. She was taking 2U Novolog after meals unless she was over 300 then we adjusted 1 unit for 300's and 2 units for 400's. Yesterday they lowered her Lantus to 3 units and upped her regular Novolog dose to 2.5 units.

What has been your experience in the beginning with night time snacks and numbers? I feel like my head is still spinning with all this!

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2011

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Hi Lauren,
I normally give my boy's a half cup but I don't think the number should go that high so if you can give it to him more midday so he can burn it off and the numbers won't be as high but that's just a suggestion.

Amy - posted on 03/17/2011

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My son, Camden 3, was diagnosed in April of 2010 @ the age of 2. He loves ice cream & have found that Blue Bunny, i think that's the brand, makes a sugar free ice cream or no sugar added but it has sugar acohols that will make sugars rise somewhat but won't spike them. We allow Camden to have some & he has never spiked high after having any & I've tasted it and it is super good. We don't get ice cream out unless we go to bruster's because that's the only place, that I know of, that offers sugar free ice cream. Hope this helps.

Jen - posted on 02/03/2010

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Do u have a place called GOlden Spoon? Low in carbs, calories, fat, and sugar and tastes fantanstic. I actually like it better than regular ice cream. There's 14g of carbs in a small serving and they have 8 to 10 different flavors daily. Its better in carbs than other frozen yogurt places

Amy - posted on 08/02/2009

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The miracle answer to this is CARB SMART!!!! The ice cream and the treats are wonderful and Montana doesn't have to take any insulin when she has it. Yeah its a tad big higher in price but its so worth it when you have a icecreamaholic!!

April - posted on 06/03/2009

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Ice cream has delayed rise, the fat in it and chochlate syrup or whatever else that is in it! this is one of the reasons i love the pump so much! He does not get it all the time,but when he does, i do not have to limit the amount he is getting i just have to dual wave bolus him(60% at the time of eating and 40% over the next hr)and his number stay in complete range! The pump is really a trully amazing way of deleivering insulin(minimed medtronic is great, he also using the cgm which also makes it easier for him to just be a kid! anyway hope that helps

Kristie - posted on 05/02/2009

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rachael eats ice cream alot she checks sugar before takes a bigger dose of insulin depending on reading then take sugar in 2 hours and retakes insulin no other snacks help and she is very active

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My 7 year old son was diagnosed at the end of November 2008, and he is an ice cream-a-holic.

One of the hardest things for him was not being able to have ice cream as often. We have since been to birthday parties with cake (ice cream) and he gets a very small piece, and we make up the difference with another type of treat (most times a toy) because it really is unfair for them. We only buy vanilla ice cream or sugar free ice cream, mind I though it was ice cream. When I read the container closely, it was not ice cream but "frozen dessert". The result ... his sugars do not go through the roof. With doing this I am not adjusting his insulin at all. I am now very cautious of any ice cream I buy, most times it is not ice cream I buy, but the frozen dessert. I only buy Nestle Parlour Soft Serve and there is 15 carbs per 1/2 cup and we put some fresh fruit on it, always his choice what type :-) I really hope his helps.

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