Nationwide Childrens Hospital Develops First Pediatric-Focused Diabetes Calculator

June 11, 2013

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently developed an online resource to help parents manage their child’s diabetes more effectively and care for their health at home. The “Diabetes Calculator for Kids,” a first of its kind electronic tool geared toward the pediatric patient, allows parents, caregivers and the adolescent patient themselves to create an individualized chart which calculates the correct insulin dosage that should be given prior to eating.

Diabetes, which affects nearly 1 in every 400 children and adolescents in the United States*, is a disease that is characterized by a high blood glucose or “sugar” level. Managing a child’s diabetes requires the proper balance between insulin dose, food and activity on a daily basis. It is important to keep the child’s blood sugars within a target range at all times. Modern insulin therapy involves administering rapid-acting insulin before each meal and adjusting the dose based on the current blood glucose level and how much food will be eaten.

The Diabetes Calculator for Kids, available for any patient who uses insulin, creates an individualized chart for rapid-acting insulin bolus dosage in five easy steps. After the parent or patient completes those steps online, a customized chart is produced that can be emailed or printed off. It provides the parent, caregiver or patient an easy way to look up the correct insulin dosage based on current blood glucose, without having to do the math each time.

“The goal is to provide an additional tool to empower families to successfully manage their child’s diabetes at home in order to provide as normal a life as possible for that child,” said David Repaske, MD, PhD, chief of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes at Nationwide Children’s and also a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “The chart can also be printed out and taken to school or given to a sitter to ensure accurate insulin dosing without the need to learn the formula and do the math for each dose.”

Nationwide Children’s always recommends that parents consult with their child’s physician first with any questions related to their child’s individual diabetes management plan.

The Diabetes Calculator for Kids, developed in partnership between Duet Health (a company that builds health care applications based in Columbus, Ohio) and Nationwide Children’s, is free and available to the public by visiting, nationwidechildrens.org/diabetes-calculator-for-kids.

*according to the American Diabetes Association

 

Watch experts from Nationwide Children's explain the new "Diabetes Calculator for Kids"

 

Diabetes patient checks his blood

Patient, Isaac Hedrick, manages his diabetes by testing his blood to balance insulin levels. Experts at Nationwide Children`s have developed the first online tool to help kids with diabetes chart their levels in advance.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.