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9 year old with very sweet smelling breath

(12 Posts)
sandyballs Mon 10-Jan-11 15:03:38

She's tired and tearful a lot of the time lately and over the last couple of days I have noticed a strong sweet smell to her breath, but yesterday it smelt like she had been drinking tea. Any ideas what this could be? Not a lot of energy either, sat out of football on Friday which is something she loves, hasn't been interested in being active etc

ThisIsANiceCage Mon 10-Jan-11 15:07:27

Diabetes springs to mind. But I'm sure someone who knows what they're talking about will be along shortly.

sandyballs Mon 10-Jan-11 15:09:03

I wondered about that but one of the symptoms is weight loss and she has put on half a stone recently.

2posh2post Mon 10-Jan-11 15:09:04

Might be worth getting her checked for diabetes. Does she wee a lot and drink a lot? (By the way, I am no expert, I just seem to remember that breath smelling of acetone or sweetness can indicate diabetes and that would fit in with the tiredness). Basically, if you have a health worry then you should phone NHS direct or talk to your GP. That's the only sensible thing to do.

Just googled:

Symptoms of diabetes include:

excessive thirst
excessive urination
extreme hunger
unusual weight loss
extreme fatigue
sweet smelling breath

You are worried enough to post so please just get some medical advice,

2posh2post Mon 10-Jan-11 15:10:01

Oh, and by medical advice, I don't mean posters like me on the internet - I mean a proper real life doctor. Sorry to be blunt.

notapizzaeater Mon 10-Jan-11 15:10:50

DH is diabetic and he gets sweet breath when out of control - I'd get her to docs for a urine/blood test

sandyballs Mon 10-Jan-11 16:59:30

Thanks for replies. I have made a doc appt for her.

paddyclamp Tue 11-Jan-11 17:51:07

I've got diabetes (type 1 since childhood)..and i agree with the above about sweet's caused by ketones which can be a sign that blood sugar is sky high..BUT i think there are other things that can cause ketones too

The main symptoms i had were i was ridiculously thirsty and had no energy..oh and i lost weight!

Waswondering Tue 11-Jan-11 17:52:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Galena Wed 12-Jan-11 18:34:02

Any news, OP?

Pesha Wed 12-Jan-11 18:40:06

Agree with Waswondering, my dc always get a sweet smell on their breath when they're ill or about to come down with something. Its how I tell they're not faking!!

Have you been to the dr? I hope it is just her coming down with something and nothing more serious smile

sandyballs Wed 12-Jan-11 18:45:41

Earliest appt was fri next week but I haven't smelt it since monday. She seems a bit livelier today. Interesting that others have smelt it when coming down with something

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