If Ketones persist you may develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA may cause your child to become extremely unwell and they may require urgent hospital treatment.
Blood Ketones may still be produced when a child is ill even if blood glucose levels are low.
The Freestyle Optimum Neo-meter tests for blood Ketones. The advantage of measuring Ketones in the blood is that an increased level can be detected earlier than in the urine, and trends can be followed over several hours.
Below 0.6 mmol/l– levels below 0.6 mmol/l are in the normal range. Follow your healthcare professional’s advice before you make any changes to your child’s diabetes medication programme.
Between 0.6 and 1.5 mmol/l– when the blood ketone level is between 0.6mmol and 1.5 mmol/l and the blood glucose level is higher than 14 mmol/l this may indicate the development of a problem that may require medical assistance. Follow your healthcare professional’s instructions.
Above 1.5 mmol/l– when blood ketone level is higher than 1.5 mmol/l and blood glucose level is higher than 14 mmol/l, your child may be at risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Contact your healthcare professional immediately for advice.