A 30-year-old female asked:

My 10 month old has been displaying some symptoms of diabetes excessive drinking sudden extreme hunger lots of weeing ! i dont know how we test him at his age or if you even think its necessary ?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Keep the baby well hydrated and please see your pediatrician. These symptoms may indicate simply hunger and thirst or may be signs of an underlying problem. A urine and blood test to exclude diabetes, infection and metabolic problems may be ordered by your doctor.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
In the era before modern labs a doc would touch his finger to some urine & then their tongue. The sweet taste would suggest diabetes. Not as reliable but can be done quickly.DM uncommon at that age
Mar 25, 2021
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 52 years experience
The clinical manifestation of diabetes mellitus in young children is often very straight forward, i.e., excessive drinking/peeing and weight loss. Random blood glucose of 200 mg/dl or above, or fasting blood glucose of 126 or higher in symptomatic child makes a diagnosis. Oral glucose tolerance test is another one to rule out or confirm the diagnosis. Consult with your infant's pediatrician.
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Diabetes in babies: If you are concerned about your baby having diabetes , please take your child to his pediatrician so they can do a finger stick to check his blood sugar.BS reading above 200 could mean diabetes.They may order a hemoglobin confirm or run other tests. Most of the time, they will eat a lot but, do not gain weight or start vomiting out of the blue with no other GI symptoms.
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Last updated Mar 27, 2021


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