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.
April 14, 2003
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Riverside, California, USA:
My 21 month old son drinks all the time, actually and pees it right out into his diaper. My wife, who s a nurse, also noticed that our son has fruity breath and called the doctor after noticing his intake and output of fluids. She says that fruity breath is an indicator of diabetes, but I can not find anything that states that this would be a symptom. I am taking him for a blood test today, but I want to know if his fruity breath is really an indicator or not.
By the time you read this you should know if your son has diabetes. What was the glucose? Were there ketones in the urine? That may be what your wife is smelling since ketones produce a fruity smell.
I hope you did see the doctor because your son’s symptoms of diabetes could progress to something serious — DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] if you wait too long.