Diabetes Awareness Month | Do you know the signs of Type 1 Diabetes?

Knowing the signs of Type 1 Diabetes can make a big difference in getting your child treatment before they become very ill.

When my son was diagnosed he was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) which is  is a potentially life-threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. DKA is a medical emergency and without treatment it can lead to death. 

Type 1 Diabetes - Insulin needles and pens

I was out of the country when my son C.J. first became ill, my husband thought that he had the flu. When I returned, I put a call in to our pediatrician's office for an appointment because my son had been feeling unwell, vomiting and was peeing the bed. We didn't make it to the doctor's office the next morning. He had already been rushed to Sick Kids in Toronto in the middle of the night, quite comatose. 

Warning signs of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly): 
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness
If your child shows one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.

It's better to be safe than sorry!

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