Hi there, would appreciate some advice. DD9 is not well, high temperature, tummy cramps and headache. she has been a bit delirious and floppy all day but is a bit better now. This morning her breath smelt of pear drops which happened when she was a newborn and we had trouble feeding. I googled and it is apparently a sign of diabetes. She also said that when she went for a wee it smelt funny. I am imagining that she either has kidney failure or diabetes. Please tell me I am being stupid? all of the advice on google to similar cases said 'take you child to A&E', so I am fretting a bit. Can you reassure me?
Peardrops is a sign of ketoacidosis which is related to uncontrolled diabetes so you are right in that case. I think if you are unsure ring NHS 111 but they will prob send her to A&E. Trust your instincts, headache, tummy ache and high temp need attention anyway. I think you are right to want to get her checked out.
She is singing her head off in the bath at the moment so seems a lot better. (when I said she was delerious, that was when she woke up, she was better for the day) I will ring NHS direct and see what they say. Thanks!
If she's better now than she has been, I wouldn't go to A&E. IANAMD but I think this smell can be caused in non-diabetics just by not having eaten, and presumably she hasn't been, if she's been very unwell today. The association with diabetes is that diabetics can get it even when eating normally. Provided you're confident she's getting better rather than worse, I'd see how she is in the morning, personally. Of course if you're really worried, you need to act sooner.
My children have this when they are poorly and they are not eating and drinking as they normally would. Just use common sense is she eating and drinking at all , is her temp under control and what is she like in herself ? If she is singing her head off in the bath dosnt sound like an A&E job.
Yes pear drops smell is a sign of ketosis - she's burning fat for energy as no other more usual sources available because she's not eaten (happens in diabetics if they're not absorbing carbs so can't use them). I wouldn't go to A&E if she seems well. C