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Blood glucose levels in 2 year old

(19 Posts)
Daffodils07 Tue 28-Feb-17 19:04:50

After reading about someone's child being really thirsty and diabetes.
I realised that my two year old has been drinking an awful lot, and needing nappy changes a lot more then usual.
I have a monitor at home from pregnancy so I thought I would just quickly check.
I checked two hours after tea, he had a pancake with bananas and Strawberrys and a fruit corner yougurt.
His blood glucose came back at 47mg, I don't really want to Google and I haven't a clue on normal readings for a toddler.
So just wondering does that sound right? Other then thirst and of course weeing a lot he seems fine.
I will take him to be seen tomorrow just to be safe though.

FancyPuffin Tue 28-Feb-17 19:08:33

Is that definitely mg and not mmol/l?

user1471530109 Tue 28-Feb-17 19:09:10

Those are American units. In the UK we use mmol/l. A quick Google tells me that is in the 2s which is low....

What did you use to test him??

highinthesky Tue 28-Feb-17 19:12:29

With t1 diabetes he would be v out of sorts, but you don't want to leave it that long. A PPG of 2 would make him seriously hypo and you would know about it!

Can you re-test and give us a figure in mol/L?

highinthesky Tue 28-Feb-17 19:14:16

If the monitor is from pregnancy 2 years ago then the machine will need recalibrating and the test strips will have expired. The reading is unlikely that be accurate!

If you're worried, take him to see the GP tomorrow.

Daffodils07 Tue 28-Feb-17 19:28:40

Strips I have just purchased as I check mine now and again.
Maybe the monitor needs recalibrating then?
Like I said apart from the drinking a lot and weeing he seems his normal self.

Daffodils07 Tue 28-Feb-17 20:06:52

Just checked him again and it's 88mg converted (4.9).

highinthesky Wed 01-Mar-17 00:33:31

4.9 is fine, but it's the overall picture that's important.

Is he tired, losing weight? Any temperature? Anything else unusual? If you're at all worried please take him to see the GP.

BoobleMcB Wed 01-Mar-17 07:52:13

In an undiagnosed or newly diagnosed diabetic the BG would be really high. The lack of insulin means that the body can't convert the sugar in the blood into useable energy (hence lethargy). So it burns fat (hence weight loss), a byproduct of this is ketones which are acidic. They are excreted in the urine (hence weeing more), and you become dehydrated (hence drinking more). Also because the blood is acidic, you drink more to 'dilute' it.

He doesn't sound like an undiagnosed diabetic from that picture BUT if concerned see your gp :-)

highinthesky Wed 01-Mar-17 09:57:50

BoobleMcB - diagnosis in children is not the same as adults, and risks are much higher. It's not for us to provide well-intended but false assurance on this thread.

BoobleMcB Wed 01-Mar-17 10:28:16

That is the same for children and adults. I didn't provide any false assurance either, if you read my comment I clearly state that if OP is concerned then to see her GP

Daffodils07 Wed 01-Mar-17 12:24:10

He is a bit more irritable then usual, tbh I don't think he is diabetic.
I checked him this morning and it was 3.9 so no high readings at all.

RebootYourEngine Wed 01-Mar-17 13:06:02

My dn is diabetic. When he was diagnosed his bloods were up in the high 30s. I wouldnt be concerned with a reading of 2 or 3 in someone undiagnosed. However as pp said if you are worried see your gp.

Daffodils07 Wed 01-Mar-17 18:24:21

I'm not to worried, as I'm sure it would be reading high.
But he does seem a bit low on two of the occasions I've tested so I will keep an eye out for that.

user1471530109 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:23:42

Daffodils, I have a vague memory of my dd being tested as a baby (due to me being type 1) and her bs was 'low'. I panicked, but the nurse said that that is normal for babies?

Also, if he hasn't eaten, so first thing in the morning, it may be lower. The strips aren't always brilliantly accurate. I have sensors and different strips and they can sometimes be way out from each other. One low reading doesn't mean too much flowers

Crumbs1 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:28:46

Stop trying to self diagnose when you don't have a clue what you are doing. If you are worried speak to your health visitor or GP. Getting anxious about random stuff on forums is just plain silly and neurotic. If they are drinking more, they will be seeing more. If it's excessive go get proper advice and a urine dip.

Daffodils07 Wed 01-Mar-17 20:48:16

I'm not trying to self diagnose, and where did I say I was anxious?
Are you writing this on everyone's posts asking for advice?

Crumbs1 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:13:25

You don't say you are anxious but are asking about symptoms you read about online and started doing blood glucose testing (not nice for him) without knowing what you are doing. It suggests a degree of anxiety. If you are worried go to your GP or speak to health visitor. If not why are you posting? Why would you be checking his blood glucose at all?

Daffodils07 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:42:41

Maybe your right, I was just worried and I just thought (as he won't let a doctor near him due to possible asd which he can become violent) that I was being kinder to check him myself (which he wasn't bothered with at all otherwise I would of never of checked again and only did because It was low).
But like you say if he is drinking a lot he will be peeing a lot.

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