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glucose in urine-possible causes?

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ariane5 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:51:55

Dd (3) has been unwell lately and urine samples have shown glucose over the past week ranging from a trace to +++

What could cause this? She has been poorly a lot recently with ear/throat infections and has been very tired and had an itchy rash.

Only one of the samples showed wbc and she was treated for a suspected uti but this morning her sample was showing trace of glucose again.her diet is not high in sugar.

What could cause this?

ariane5 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:06:14

Terrified-been to gp dd blood sugar level was 25. What could this mean? Waiting to go to hospital now

Goldmandra Mon 31-Dec-12 17:55:28

Have you looked into type 1 diabetes?

GRW Mon 31-Dec-12 17:56:46

It sounds like she has developed diabetes, which might take some time to get your head around. The staff at the hospital will help you to learn about how to manage it. Take care and let us know how she is when you can.

sonsmum Mon 31-Dec-12 19:12:46

It does sounds like Type 1 diabetes, but I hope there is another explanation!
My DS got Type 1 aged 4. Complete shock, but life goes on, it has to. You will be on an enormous learning curve and you will learn to manage it.It is manageable. Never a good time to develop this condition, but with young ones, they grow up with it and take it as the norm and adjust their lifestyle. Developing it as a teenager has other challenges. While I would give my right arm to take this condition away from my DS, I am thankful he developed it at an age where I can influence him to think about good control and adjust to life with insulin administration, rather than start this journey with a teenager who thinks they may know better and who understandably just want to do what their friends do.
If the diagnosis is Type 1, then it sounds like it was caught early, this is down to your vilgilence.
I wish you all the luck in the world as you adjust (if diagnosis is Type 1). There are much support groups on the internet if you want to find them and your hospital/consultant/diabetic nurses are there for advice/support. I'll watch this thread and will chip in if i can offer any comfort or if you have any specific questions.
Type 1 is on the rise in the 0-5yrs group - noone knows why. No family history with us, but a virus that triggered it!.

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 00:28:44

Just got back from hosp dd has type 1 diabetes.I am devastated as she already has significant health problems.

Dh is with her as I am still bf ds2.she was quite poorly but has got iv in and has had insulin.

I don't know what to do iam a complete mess

fengirl1 Tue 01-Jan-13 00:35:50

Oh bless you. You and she will get through this and your dd is probably young enough to adapt fairly well. You probably will feel terribly weighed down by this at the moment, this will eventually pass. My dd1 was diagnosed with a serious and very rare illness 19 months ago. It's still hard, but life is bearable now. Take time to let yourself get used to how things are now.

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 00:42:06

I just can't understand why my dcs are so unlucky with their health they have so many things wrong it is totally overwhelming.
I feel so desperately sad for dd she is only just 3 and has put up with a lot already and now this too.
I need to stop crying and toughen up for her.

GRW Tue 01-Jan-13 00:58:47

I am sorry it must be very hard to deal with this on top of lots of other health problems. Not a good start to 2013. You need to allow yourself some time to come to terms with it and get your head round it, and it will become easier. I expect your DD will feel better in herself when she is no longer dehydrated and her blood sugar has returned to normal. I hope she doesn't have to stay in hospital for too long.

Mytwobeautifulgirls Tue 01-Jan-13 01:01:07

sounds like type 1 diabetes has she been really thirsty in the night and peeing a lot she is in the best place now
poor u.

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 01:06:07

Not excessively thirsty but def drinking more.

Sleeping lots recently though and v v irritable and just 'not right'

Goldmandra Tue 01-Jan-13 01:53:29

A diagnosis like this is a terrible shock and you need to give yourself space to process your own emotions as well as looking after your DD. It isn't fair but it is manageable and you will, with time, get your head round it. Managing the diabetes will become a normal, accepted part of your daily lives and it will feel OK.

I hope the hospital manage to sort your little one out and get her home quickly. You can ask them to accommodate you and the baby staying with her if you want to. I had two weeks in with DD1 when DD2 was 4 months old and EBF. They put us all in a side ward together and looked after all three of us really well.

If her blood sugar was 25 that sounds like you caught the diabetes pretty early, which is good.

My ds felt back-to-normal again very quickly once the insulin got working and we were home in 24 hours. At first the whole insulin/sugar/food thing feels overwhelming but you get used to it pretty quickly.

The Children With Diabetes email list is very good for advice and support - CWD forum

paddyclamp Tue 01-Jan-13 16:02:35

Def caught it early which will have stopped her from getting dangerously ill. When i got diagnosed with type 1 as a kid the doctors kept missing it ... my blood sugars went into the high 40s and i nearly died :O

Treatment is SO much better nowadays too. Tiny insulin needles and also no such thing as a diabetic diet anymore. Anything can be eaten so long as insulin is adapted accordingly. Also she can get an insulin pump if you want which people rave about!

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 19:15:52

Had a tough day lots of v low/v high blood sugar levels.

Dd being so good and so brave

Goldmandra Tue 01-Jan-13 19:35:23

Poor little thing. It must be very hard for her to understand.

I hope they work out her doses very soon and it all settles down a bit.

paddyclamp Tue 01-Jan-13 20:01:52

What other health problems does she have?

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:33:57

Dd also has Ehlers-danlos syndrome hypermobility type, it is genetic (all 4 dcs have it ) dd has joint pain,frequent dislocations, hernias, severe constipation and fatigue, she still uses a buggy all the time. Also has bad food allergies (milk, egg and shellfish).
Other dcs have complex health needs most conditions relating to the eds (dd1 very severe).
Diabetes on top of all this just feels like one thing too many sad

blondefriend Tue 01-Jan-13 22:02:22

If she has EDS then it may be a new symptom rather than diabetes. Try and organise an app with your consultant/pead ASAP. Have you asked on the EDS forum/website for advice? I know a few EDS children who have blood sugar issues so they may be better able to advise.

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:05:21

I did not know eds could cause blood sugar issues? The drs at hospital know dd has other health issues but they have not said it could be due to eds.

I will see if I can find out more about it

paddyclamp Tue 01-Jan-13 23:03:34

blondefriend might well have a point because your DD's symptoms don't sound like they were typical....i know i had a raging thirst that nothing could make it go away, and i started weeing loads and wetting the bed!

ariane5 Tue 01-Jan-13 23:25:39

The drs were surprised actually how 'well' she seemed to be even when blood sugar went up to 36 and she didn't have very high ketones like they expected.

She has been weeing a huge amount today though gallons of it.the drs are saying they are 100 percent about diagnosis though so I suppose I have to trust them I do not know much about diabetes as yet.

It was 18 before she went to sleep and has been hovering around 12 most of day except for once when it went down to 3 and then back up to 21 after she had some juice.It seems to be very up and down.

kpandthesunshineband2 Wed 02-Jan-13 00:50:49

Sorry to hear about your DD's diagnosis of Type 1. My son was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago & it was a real shock . At times it is not easy but it does become the new normal very quickly. It is good that they have diagnosed early before she did become very poorly.
Think the medics often do an antibody test for Type 1 as well as the other tests.
It must be very stressful for you with a little one as well as the other health problems to contend with.
I would second the advice about the CWD email list. There are some lovely people on there & nearly always someone around to give advice or just to chat to. JDRF website also very good resource - has your DD been given a Rufus bear from JDRF at the hospital.
How is your DD coping with it all? It is a very stressful time for you & really feel for you but things will get better & you do learn to live with it.
What regime is she on ? My son started on MDI ( multiple daily injections ) but now has an insulin pump & that has made things so much better. Think pumps are particularly helpful with little ones.

ariane5 Wed 02-Jan-13 07:47:07

Dd is doing ok, she seems a bit confused as to what is going on and its hard to explain as she's so little and also not feeling well a lot of time (v.sleepy and has a uti as well).
She has been having an insulin injection just before each meal.
Today we will be seeing the diabetes nurse.

kpandthesunshineband2 Wed 02-Jan-13 09:33:11

It must be very hard with such a young child starting with T1. My DS was 8 when diagnosed so he could understand what was happening.
At some stage it would be great for your DD to meet up with another family. Through CWD we have met some lovely families with T1 kids so great for them to see other kids doing the same thing. There is a CWD conference called Friends For Life every year in Windsor or Glasgow which is fab.
Whereabouts in the country are you?
Also JDRF hold Discovery Days around the country which are really interesting & an opportunity to meet other families.

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