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Could my toddler have diabetes?

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myeverest Wed 26-Sep-12 16:47:27

Hi. Before I get any comments from anyone, I've already taken my daughter to her GP - who did no tests but wants to monitor her growth etc and review her in a couple of months. I've also rang the allergy clinic as she has a history of multiple food allergies (she's mostly grown out of them now), and they arraged an appointment with the paediatrician for 3 weeks time. Problem is, I'm worried NOW and wondered if anyone might have any personal;l experience or advice....
My little girl is 2 years and 3 months old. As stated, she has a history of multiple food allergies and severe reflux, but she now only has a mild cows milk allergy. She's grown out of all the others, and she's recently come all thhe last of the medication for the reflux without any apparent problems.
Her symptoms are as follows:
- she isn't putting on any weight. She weigh's 0.2kg more than she did at her one year review 15 months ago. Sh's dropped from the 91st percentile for weight to the 9th percentile at last mkeasurement by her GP. Height is at the 75th percetile at last measurement.
- she gets really tired really easily
- she gets REALLY hungry at times, and eats 3-4 times her normal portions, and stil asks for more.
- When she's hungry she has mega tantrums - as in total emotional metdown. We have to feed her as soon as she wakes up in the morning (as in within a minute or two) to prevent this. This is just one example.
The rest of the time, she's lovely.-when she eats after complaining she's hungry, she does this strange, brief, involunatry shiver at the start of eating.
- she has a history of eczema, which has mostly cleared up now,. but her skin is very dry and itchy at times.
But, she drinks plenty, but not apparently excessively. It doesn't seem that way to me anyway.
Does this sound like diabetes to you? Should I be worried?


No it doesn't sound like diabetes smile with diabetes (type 1) you would expect an unquenchable thirst, a LOT of wee (overwhelming nappies) and a very sick child very quickly.

Unfortunately I can't help with what the problem might be! If you aren't happy with your gp's solution then I would go back and tell him/her so, and keep pushing until they come up with a better one.

puffylovett Wed 26-Sep-12 17:51:04


Duritzfan Wed 26-Sep-12 17:54:02

It doesn't sound like typical T1 diabetes but to be safe, ask your GP to do a fingerprick test .

My dd1 didn't drink excessively but she was T1D so don't take the chance ..

myeverest Wed 26-Sep-12 22:15:37

Thanks. Duritzfan, that clears up my main query, thank you. I think I'll speak to her GP and see what she thinks. The paediatrician will be able to test for coeliac if he thinks it's an issue, although she doesn't have seem of the classic symptoms of coeliac which is why she's never been tested for this before (she has been tested for wheat allergy and she tested negative though. Her allergies as a baby were egg, milk, fish and nuts.

narmada Thu 27-Sep-12 22:17:26

watching with interest as my DS aged nearly 2 has some similarities with your Dd, esp the hunger-anger, allergy, slow weight gain, history of reflux etc. I have wondered about diabetes too .

Bramblesinafield Thu 27-Sep-12 23:04:42

Unfortunately this sounds ike my son in the six months before he developed the acute symptoms (wetting bed, drinking loads) which happened over a couple of days before we were admitted to hospital. He had already been seen by two drs and a specialist in the months before he hit crisis.

Please know the symptoms and watch very carefully. If at all bothered do not hesitate to seek medical aid quickly.

I don't want to scaremonger, but others will be reading this and need to know how potential serious t1 is if left untreated even for a day or two once it hits that point.

narmada Fri 28-Sep-12 10:13:18

Point taken brambles I think I will take my DS to doctors for a checkover. I have been putting it off but won't any more. Not worth the risk.

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