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January 19th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Has anyone ever tried giving the Extendbars for a nite time snack to help with the overnite lows. My son has a habit of going to bed fine and waking up too high. The doctors can't tell me anything new so I was going to try them this weekend and see what happens. They say that the uncooked cornstarch in the bar will keep them from going low during the nite. If anyone has tried this please let me know you thoughts.
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January 19th, 2006, 03:36 PM
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Has anyone ever tried giving the Extendbars for a nite time snack to help with the overnite lows. My son has a habit of going to bed fine and waking up too high. The doctors can't tell me anything new so I was going to try them this weekend and see what happens. They say that the uncooked cornstarch in the bar will keep them from going low during the nite. If anyone has tried this please let me know you thoughts.
Nicole[/b]

This is one of the main reasons we switched to the pump. I have never tried the Extendbars so I can't give an opinion on that. We had a huge problem with lows in the middle of the night and highs by morning. With the pump, we could adjust his insulin to drop off at 3am to a lower dosage. Maybe he needs his long acting lowered overnight and an increase in the short acting at dinner. Not sure if that would help or not, but the best I could think of. Let us know how the Extendbars work for you.

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January 19th, 2006, 07:37 PM
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We tried them when Danielle was smaller for the same reason. Danielle didn't really like them too well. I have read of parents letting the kids dip them in cool whip so they will eat it. She liked the "Choice" bars better--I had the hardest time finding them though & ended up ordering a case of them from "diabetic express" online. You might try just adding uncooked cornstarch to food at bedtime...we used to put it in sugar free pudding or yogurt, or sprinkle it on cereal. Danielle never complained about it. We had it in a shaker for the longest time(she called it snow--we use a similar shaker to put powdered sugar on french toast). I always give her the cornstarch to put on french toast--and she only found out recently that it was not powdered sugar We always give a protein at bedtime too. Not necessary now with our pump, but habit. The protein takes longer to breakdown & will help prevent lows. Something with pnut butter or eggs, or a string cheese is good.

Have you done any overnight testing? If you find out that he is going low, perhaps you could adjust his long acting insulin.

hope this helps--

Kim

Had to add this I just saw on the other thread that your son takes Lantus at night. Another idea to try(ask your endo, of course!) is to give the Lantus in the morning instead of at bedtime. We had to do that when Danielle was on it in the beginning. When she took it at bedtime she would go low it seemed no matter the dose. When we lowered it so we got no overnight lows....then we had a heck of a time keeping her regulated during the day. It was better after she changed to the am dose of Lantus. This is not the prescribed dosing schedule for Lantus...but there is anecdotal evidence that it works. Not every endo will agree to do it. Every kid is different in their metabolism--part of what makes this disease so much FUN!

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