Could Your Child Have Diabetes?

Symptoms can include polyuria, polydipsia, and weight loss

1. Has your child been drinking a lot (polydipsia) or seemed extra thirsty lately?

2. Has your child been urinating more often lately (polyuria)?

3. Has your child been losing weight for no good reason and without trying?

4. Does your child have a high blood glucose (sugar) level?

5. Does your child have a high urine ketone level?

6. Does your child have any skin sores that have been slow to heal?

7. Does your child have dry and itchy skin?

8. Has your child developed blurry eyesight?

9. Does your child often feel tired and hungry?

10. Does your child have a dark, velvety rash on his neck?

Could Your Child Have Diabetes?

You got: possible symptoms of diabetes.

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A blood sugar test can help determine if your child has diabetes.. Photo by Getty Images

The main signs and symptoms of type I or juvenile diabetes are polyuria, polydipsia, and weight loss.

Type II diabetes is more subtle in children, who are usually overweight and either have mild or no polyuria or polydipsia. Another sign or symptom of Type II diabetes is acanthosis nigricans, a black, velvety discoloration to a child's neck and skin folds.

Your child does seem to have some of the symptoms that might indicate that he has diabetes.

Be sure to see your pediatrician for further advice and possible testing, which might include a blood glucose level to see if it is elevated and a urinalysis to look for sugar and ketones.

Keep in mind that the symptoms of Type I diabetes usually develop over a very short period of time, while the symptoms of Type II diabetes develop more slowly.

Since it is so easy to do screening blood and urine tests for diabetes, you should see your pediatrician if you are concerned that your child might have diabetes.

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Could Your Child Have Diabetes?

You got: probably no symptoms of diabetes.

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Take your child to your pediatrician if you think she has any symptoms of diabetes.. Photo by Getty Images

Your child doesn't seem to have any of the classic symptoms of diabetes.

You should still talk to your pediatrician if you think that your child has diabetes.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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