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SnuggleBunny

Toddler diabetic?

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SnuggleBunny

Hey everyone.. so Im not quite sure where to go next. I just checked my almost 2 year olds blood sugar and it was 8.4 mmoL, hes been urinating quite a bit, and I cant seem to give him enough to drink because as soon as I fill his cup, he drinks it and hands it back to me empty, and if I fill it up again its gone again. I'm thinking that because his father is diabetic, that this could possibly be part of whats going on.. but am I being paranoid with wanting to have him tested?:confused:

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yannah

hey there, i want to reply but i do not know much about the onset of type 1 diabetes in babys/toddlers. but someone will be along soon.

 

I think you do have reason to be concerned here.

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Granny Shanny

Yes, you should have him tested. Age makes no difference to diabetes - it can even strike infants under a year old.

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SnuggleBunny

I buy the motts totts juice that is only like 20% juice to 80% water. I try to give him water and milk when I can, but as anyone knows they can get sickening. Otherwise he drinks watered down juice. Im scared for him since his dad was diagnosed diabetic with a 43.3 mmoL bloodsugar 2.5 years ago and people wondered why he wasnt dead yet.

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xMenace

Take him for testing asap! Go to ER if you have to. It's nothing to fool with for anyone but especially a toddler!

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jenb

Ditto those urging that you have your toddler see his doctor. Better to know than not...I'm sure it's frightening. Please let us know how you're all doing.

 

Jen

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Michael_lambert

Not to hijack your thread,

 

I to also have a toddler 17 month old daughter as we all know. What concerns should i be looking out for. Do you test her the same way i would test myself?

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SnuggleBunny

Michael,

No you are not hyjacking my thread because those are honest to god good questions. I tested James by pricking his thumb cause I couldnt get any blood out of his foot, but other than that yeah I tested him the same way you would test yourself, and if that looks a little off kilter take her to see the doctor. I am going in to the doctors office on monday to have him checked because the hospital here is not a good place to be waiting for 12 hours with a toddler, and then they wouldnt do the appropriate tests. They say some of the things to look for is that they drink too much, they eat too much, they gain weight, they lose weight, lose interest in eating, excessive wet diapers, or anything else that may seem off. I just spent a lot of time researching this.. let us know how you make out as well, as I will be continually updating on James.

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lorilei
Take him for testing asap! Go to ER if you have to. It's nothing to fool with for anyone but especially a toddler!

 

yep! why wait it out? a history is even more indicative of a need to be vigilant..why wait???

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SnuggleBunny

I dont think you quite understand how bad this hospital is! they sent my aunt home saying that there was nothing wrong with her and that a university homecomming was more important. I will not take that chance with James and I will monitor it myself until monday when I can get him to the family doctor who can be trusted!

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raffi

I'm sorry to hear about your hospital, but I do know what you mean. I've been to some where the only way to get attention was to bleed all over their waiting room.

 

Be sure to test regularly while waiting to see your doctor, this (as I'm sure you know) is nothing to fool around with.

Since your child is so thirsty, plain water should be acceptable. You might also add a bit of salt, if he/she is loosing a lot of fluid, that could be necessary. I'd avoid even the watered down juice until you have an answer.

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e||ement

weird. i actually just tested my toddler tonight for the first time. he has been really thristy the past few days and peeing A LOT and claiming he's hungry all the time. he's also been complaining of a sore tummy.

 

an hour and a half after supper he was 5.4 (97). hubby wanted a test, and he was exactly the same. i was very relieved.

 

so..now i'm thinking he has a UTI possibly...and will take him to the walk-in clinic tomorrow.

 

have you tried getting your son to pee on a ketostick? that was going to be my next step if mine tested in a worrisome range.

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Michael_lambert

I am very glad for this thread, I never really thought that my daughter could be going through it too.

 

I just tested her, Took the blood form the bottom of her food we ate out and started eatting around 7 so its almost 2 ours post meal for her and she recorded a 4.4 (79) and she ate lots of goodies ( fish, chicken, veggies, olives, bread, fries and my wifes Creme brule ) So for now i think she is good... however she will be monitored regularly by me and my wife and her food intake will change as ours is changing big time :D

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raffi

Be careful with your daughter's diet. Small children need more of the things we older people should not have. You might want to research a bit on it.

 

I know that people who have gone too low fat with their children have caused harm. Not sure how low you would want to go on carbs, they probably need them. Now sugar carbs, you can cut out without much worry, but starches are probably necessary.

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Michael_lambert

Oh i totally agree she needs the foods.

 

I mean she is a million times more active than I am, HOwever when i said her diet will change i am refering to the fact that i would eat a bag of potaote chips and drink a 2 litre bottle of pop in a evening watching tv and yes i would give her some when she asked :( Bad parent no... poor choice yes!

 

However now that i won't have that she wont have it...

 

I cut bad the carbs in my diet however i still cook for my child and wife ( Fish and chips for them... Fish and salad for me. ) my wife is very fond of her potatoes and rice and the married life may not be soo peaceful if i told her how to eat... she cried when i refused desert today.. lol made the comment " I could never do that"..

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lorilei

i'm not sure if someone else said this..but if you go to the hospital...you might get an answer and get your son healthier sooner..they would be very remiss in not running any tests..and waiting until Monday doesn't make much sense when you still can go to the hospital AND go to the doctors on monday..seriosuly..why wait?

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Michael_lambert

she is from ontario and if she is from anwyhere near me i had gone to the hospital with sugar levels of 25+ Only to be told that my sugar is high, suggest i lay off the carbs and sugars and to consult my doctor asap.... this ofcourse after waiting 6 hours to get into a room... then 8 hours getting blood and waiting for a specialist and then another 2 being told what i need to do ( see the family doctor )

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e||ement

it's true about ontario hospitals. i took my son to the ER when he was 11 months old with a fever of 105. 105!!!! after waiting 30 minutes in the triage line, the nurse said to administer tylenol (which obviously i already had) and the wait would be at least 6-8 hours.

 

this was at midnight. so. i left, knowing that a walk in clinic would be open 7 hours later, and i could take him home and have him comfortable in his own house/bed rather than in a waiting room...knowing i could call 911 if it escalated to that.

 

ontario health care is severely underserviced...

 

now...if the need is there to go to the ER (for whatever reason...), i will always call 911 and go with paramedics. you get in to see a doc much faster becase the medics have to wait with you...and they don't want paramedics doing "nothing" waiting in the hospital. i know this both from experience, and because my brother in law is a paramedic.

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Michael_lambert
it's true about ontario hospitals. i took my son to the ER when he was 11 months old with a fever of 105. 105!!!! after waiting 30 minutes in the triage line, the nurse said to administer tylenol (which obviously i already had) and the wait would be at least 6-8 hours.

 

this was at midnight. so. i left, knowing that a walk in clinic would be open 7 hours later, and i could take him home and have him comfortable in his own house/bed rather than in a waiting room...knowing i could call 911 if it escalated to that.

 

ontario health care is severely underserviced...

 

now...if the need is there to go to the ER (for whatever reason...), i will always call 911 and go with paramedics. you get in to see a doc much faster becase the medics have to wait with you...and they don't want paramedics doing "nothing" waiting in the hospital. i know this both from experience, and because my brother in law is a paramedic.

 

Yup well worth the $35 fee for the ambulance service.

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HollyB

OK, not all Ontario hospitals are like this. My son was diagnosed at a small city hospital and they figured out what was going on pretty much right away. Mind you, we have a paediatric diabetes clinic so that has probably raised awarenes..

 

When anyone, but young children especially, get Type 1 diabetes they can become critically ill really fast. So it's good you're seeing your doctor, but if in the meantime you see any of these signs:

 

- lethargy

- laboured deep breathing

- vomiting

- signs of dehydration: sunken eyes, dry mouth, skeletal look

 

then you need to get to emerg asap, even if it's 3 in the morning, even if it's a bad hospital.

 

Good luck, and I hope your news is good. If it's not, you might want to check out the children with diabetes website and forums -- tons of parents with little kids there.

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cdngoose

A young woman in her 20's travels with a seeing eye dog on the bus I take in the mornings She is blind. She became diabetic when an infant and lost her sight at 12 months. This is serious.

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giauque

Our Daughter was two when she was diagnosed. We live in AK and the local hospital/ clinic is not the best. She has always been small and skinny. Our Pediatrician told us she was healthy and it is ok, she is just small. Getting her to eat much was always a challenge so we figured it was normal. In March she gets sick, flu like symptoms, wetting herself often and drinking lots of juice and water and very irritable, she was a happy kid all of the time. We took her to the after hours clinic and got the Flu diagnosis. Have her drink ensure, depilate and eat baby food. She ate and drank some. She was feeling better the next day and we were thinking ok flu has run it course. The she started eating more and drinking allot and she start throwing up, if this happens go to the ER ASAP, we call the doc again. He surmises that kids get dehydrated and we should give her as much apple juice as she will drink, lots of good stuff in it unless you are T1. She throws up more and we head back to the clinic, the Doc a different one notes that she is panting, he checks her BS and says she is a diabetic, this takes about 10 minutes for them to confirm with us. She was over 500 and in DKA at the time. They put us in an ambulance to the hospital (20 miles) and put her and my wife in a Helo to (50 miles) Anchorage where we spent a there days in ICU and four days in the pediatric wing. So unless this sounds like fun and you want the guilt we have gone through, get your child checked today. I would much rather be annoyed at being wrong than feel guilty for being right and waiting.

 

Greg

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