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January 5th, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Hi everyone. My name is Christine. I have four children w/ #5 on the way. My husband has Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was about 2 1/2 yrs old. My older three kids have never showed any signs of diabetes, ever. Thank God. My youngest, who is currently 4 yrs old, might be showing me beginning signs. I hope I am not being paranoid. My sense of smell has really gotten strong since being pregnant. Well, occasionally my ds gets a smell to him. It is from deep within, not like bad breath. I can't really describe what it smells like. I have noticed on two or three seperate days last week. That is what started me to wonder if it could be a sign of high blood sugar. Two days ago I smelled that EXACT same smell on DH. I asked him to check his blood sugar and sure enough he was high at 301. We decided that the next time I smell it on ds that I will check his blood sugar and see what it is at. Until then, I am looking for ways of doing my darndest to prevent him from becoming diabetic. I know that everyone says that there is no way to prevent it from happening, but I have to try. What I am wondering is, looking back, is there anything you would have done differently before your child was diagnosed? Also, if you know of any good information, please let me know.

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January 5th, 2006, 12:45 PM
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Christine--

If the child is going to get type 1 diabetes, there is nothing you can do to stop it. My best advice would be to just be aware. I think that is a good idea to check the next time you suspect he could be high. You might try to test it when he wakes up in the morning before he eats or drinks anything. I would also monitor his intake of liquids and how often he is using the bathroom. If it seems more than you would expect....I would take him to get tested at your pediatrician right away. It is better to catch it early before they have ketones & get very sick. Listen to your mom radar....it is usually right.

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January 5th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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I have been watching him carefully and so far he isn't showing any other signs. I think I will try monitering him in the morning. His sugar levels would show high? and what is the best way to test him? We have the normal blood test moniters, but I don't want to prick him if I don't have to.
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January 6th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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I have been watching him carefully and so far he isn't showing any other signs. I think I will try monitering him in the morning. His sugar levels would show high? and what is the best way to test him? We have the normal blood test moniters, but I don't want to prick him if I don't have to.[/b]
You could get some urine test strips at your pharmacy, and have him pee in a cup first thing in the morning. There should not be glucose in the urine. That would be the least invasive thing to do. They have some strips that are for sugar and ketones. I can understand not poking him unless it is necessary...no need to traumatize him if it is just mom worries.

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January 6th, 2006, 03:17 PM
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I have been watching him carefully and so far he isn't showing any other signs. I think I will try monitering him in the morning. His sugar levels would show high? and what is the best way to test him? We have the normal blood test moniters, but I don't want to prick him if I don't have to.[/b]
You could get some urine test strips at your pharmacy, and have him pee in a cup first thing in the morning. There should not be glucose in the urine. That would be the least invasive thing to do. They have some strips that are for sugar and ketones. I can understand not poking him unless it is necessary...no need to traumatize him if it is just mom worries.

Kim
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I agree with Kim. I would get the urine strips and test his urine. If there is any glucose in it I would recommend calling his pediatrician right away. It is best to get it taken care of before he gets sick.
Also, there is no way to prevent it if he is going to get it. My story is similar to that of your DH. I was diagnosed at age 2 with type 1 diabetes. So far my daughter, age 4, has not shown any signs of diabetes ***knock on wood*** I am pregnant as well and due in Feb...hopefully this one will remain diabetes free as well!
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January 8th, 2006, 12:56 PM
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You've been given good advice so far. I really don't have much to add at this point. I hope that this is nothing. Let us know.

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January 10th, 2006, 04:00 PM
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I am super paranoid about this as well. I have tested my little one a few times in the two years my oldest has had diabetes...and each time he is perfect. It helps me to chill out. And my little one actually loves to be like big brother. He begs me to test him all the time and wants a shot too. I pretend to do it sometimes so he will stop crying.


Please keep us up to date on your little one.
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