hi @arodric5002 a hot shower can “affect my blood sugar” in a variety of ways. first is the increased blood flow and uptake by cells warmed by the hot water. second, I have noticed that a hot shower reduces inflammation and in a way, increases my insulin sensitivity. For example, my infusion sets (I use a pump) don’t typically work well for the first 6 hours unless I take a hot shower, due to the irritation and small inflammation near the infusion site.
ok so what the heck? answer - everyone may see different results. use your tools, your blood meter and or CGM. if you take a shot and a shower makes you low… then take less insulin or eat more or don’t shower right then. Diabetes is a bit of a science experiment and if you are a good observer you will come to learn what happens when and why. that’s all you need to be successful.
taking a walk right after a meal (implies meal time bolus shot) causes me to go low if I took the full amount of insulin for that meal. so here’s what I do. I have an extra serving of fruit or I take less insulin. I do not “avoid walking”.
with a kid, your mileage may vary. being in a sauna or hot tub or hot shower only has an effect if I am less than 2 hours from taking my bolus (meal or correction shot). after that no effect. it might be easier to walk with a child then to prep them and clean up after a shower, my 9 year old HATES hot water so I can’t guess how it would all work.
there is a thing called a “correction” shot. this is where you are correcting for a high blood sugar and you are not eating anything. Please discuss how this works with your CDE, pediatrician or endocrinologist. If I am above 140 mg/dl, I may use a correction without eating to bring down my blood sugar.