Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 3, 2008
Diagnosis and Symptoms, Other
Question from Peabody, Massachusetts, USA:
I take care of a two-year-old. I have successfully potty trained her, but it wasn't easy. This little one can eat and drink more than any two-year-old I have ever seen. She is petite. I don't think she is losing weight, but, by the way she eats, she should be obese. She will drink about 4 ounces and within 15 minutes she needs to void. I try to limit her food and drink and give her lots of water. She hates water and mostly always craves juice (but, I force her to drink water) and any sweets she can get her hands on. She will steal food every chance she gets. She voids all day long. I have told her mom my concerns over and over she is finally realizing her daughter has a problem. Her mom is borderline diabetic and her aunt and grandmother are on insulin. How can I encourage her mom without sounding like I am nagging? I feel so bad for the little one. She also has an eight-year-old brother who weighs 130 pounds. She always had soiled diapers and I thought she had a problem then. Her aunt did a glucose test on her it was 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]. Is that normal for a two-year-old?
You sound like a very concerned caretaker. I would continue to tell this child’s mother your concerns and suggest that she make an appointment with the child’s pediatrician so these concerns can be discussed. I wonder if the child’s mother would let you help make the appointment?
Additional comments from Dr. Matthew Brown:
This sounds like behavior that could represent an illness, even, perhaps, diabetes. The child would benefit from a thorough history and physical examination by a pediatrician. Your concerns should also be discussed at that visit.
[Editor’s comment: You may wish to read more of our previous questions on the Diagnosis and Symptoms of diabetes.