In a recent position statement, the American Diabetes Association now says that all children with type 1 diabetes should strive for a hemoglobin A1c target of less than 7.5%.
In the past, different pediatric age groups had different targets, and targets could be as high as 8.5%. The change was made as more evidence pointed toward the potential harms from prolonged hyperglycemia in children.
Every child is different, and you should work with your child’s diabetes provider to determine the target A1c for your child. The goal is to have the best blood sugar control while also reducing the risks for severe hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.