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could this be diabetes?

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ditavonteesed Fri 19-May-17 11:17:00

Slightly long story, a couple of days ago dd (11) came home after school when she was supposed to go to the childminder as she was so hungry and emotioal that she needed to eat, she was distraught. She said she had been so hungry all day that she was full of rage, she is always hungry, we can't fill her up and never have been able to.
She often has nausea and stomach pains.
I took her to the doctors last year as she was getting unexplained headaches.
She has serious mood swings and can go from happy to sobbing in minutes with no idea why.
Also her breath smells weird but I wouldn;t say pear drops just odd.
She doesn;t drink excessively and has not lost any weight.
So the other day I started thinking about diabetes but not seriously and not wanting to overreact I just left it to see.
I have just had to pick her up from school as she has been sick. She is now eatting again as she is hungry.
She is always tired.
I am trying to to be dramatic as all of these things can be written off to bugs/hormones but normally sick bugs leave you unable to eat not starving.
I am a nurse so have a little experience of diabetes but not in children.

DeanKoontz Fri 19-May-17 11:21:15

It's easy to test for. See your GP.

BarbarianMum Wed 24-May-17 13:10:11

My understanding is that when T1 develops it does so quite quickly, so symptoms from months ago are unlikely to be relevant. But - because it is so serious - it may be wise to get her urine dipped as a precaution.

Tbh a lot of what you are describing sounds like the onset of puberty to me
Have her periods started yet?

T1mum3 Wed 24-May-17 18:25:29

Polyphagia which is excessive hunger was my son's main symptom along with fatigue, being emotional and, in his case, a skin infection. This built up over two months. He only became very obviously thirsty on the day he was diagnosed. I took him to A&E and he could have died if I had waited until the Monday (it was a Saturday). I had been to the GP multiple times previously. Looking back he had lost some weight but not obviously.

Finger prick is a better test than urine dip. Later in the day after a carbohydrate heavy meal is a better time to do it.

That said, the symptoms you describe could very easily be something else.

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