The appointment isn't until next week but I'm off Friday so I will call in the morning for an appointment then. It just seems to be constant, he finishes one and immediately asks for another. School would have said something if they'd noticed there wouldn't they? His teacher is off atm but the teaching assistant is there.
It's definitely best to get DS checked out sooner rather than later OP. I would suggest going to the GP straight away and ask for a blood glucose test to rule out Type 1 diabetes. It needs to be a finger prick test so it's instant as well, make sure the GP does this as it's important. It could be nothing but defo get checked out and put your mind at rest. Hope DS gets better soon, whatever it is
Just one of my paternal cousins if that makes sense so no.real family history. It was what sprang to mind with me anyway but just wanted to see rationally iyswim. We're not on half term until next week. When do these things usually show themselves? He's only 4. I will definitely take him friday, are there other symptoms to look out for?
Agree with above. Please get him seen tomorrow first thing. The blood test is really simple but needs to be done asap. If it is T1 diabetes (and it may well not be) he could deteriorate extremely quickly.
In your case I'd go stand in the doctors when they open and insist they see him. Good luck.
As others have said, increased thirst and weeing can indicate type 1 diabetes. He needs to be seen by a GP tomorrow for a finger prick blood glucose. If that test suggests he does have diabetes he will need to go to hospital same day. Diabetes is extremely serious and children can go downhill fast. It's not very common so sometimes GPs don't think of it and diagnosis gets delayed so please insist on the blood glucose test
It's good that you're getting him checked. Just to give an alternative possibility, there is a phenomenon called 'squash syndrome' in young children as well. That's where young children get a taste for nice drinks and guzzle them. But the drinks are slightly irritant to the bladder and can be slightly dehydrating, so rather than quenching thirst, it makes them feel thirsty. Because the drinks taste nice, there isn't a natural disincentive to having huge volumes of drinks, so they drink lots and lots, which can mimic diabetes symptoms.
It's always important to get seen by health professionals, then they can work out what the cause is. My DD2 developed 3 of the 4Ts and was admitted to hospital for 24 hours when her random blood sugar was 8 at the GP surgery. But the hospital monitored her and the consultant concluded she had 'squash syndrome'. When we put her on water only for a few weeks, her symptoms completely went away.