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.
March 13, 2004
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada:
My five year old son wakes every morning with fruity smelling breath, many complaints about headaches, and belly aches. He is 37 pounds and is in the fifth percentile for his height and age. He is very thin, and I have trouble getting him to gain some weight. I finally convinced my doctor to do a random glucose check, and am waiting results. He is not convinced that his lack of weight gain, headaches and belly aches are symptoms of diabetes in children. Could he be in the honeymoon phase? What kind of tests should he have to find out? Should I get a pediatrician's opinion? I am a pediatric nurse and know the fruity smell of ketosis well.
Even normal children occasionally have ketones when they are a bit dehydrated. I would review the symptoms of diabetes and then review your concerns at length with your pediatrician who can help you decide if any testing may be necessary for your son. You can find the Symptoms of Diabetes on our web site.