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.
December 13, 2004
Diabetes Insipidus, Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Caldwell, Idaho, USA:
My 20 month old son was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Once on a gluten-free diet, I saw dramatic improvement in his health and energy level. However, I have become increasingly concerned about a few other strange symptoms. He is suddenly exhausted again, sleeping about 18 hours a day, but very lethargic even when he is awake. He is constantly soaking through his diaper and clothes, completely saturating everything every few hours. He is also extremely thirsty, constantly wanting to drink and taking several sippy cups to bed every night. A few weeks ago, I kept track of the amount he drank. It was about 80 ounces in one day. He seems to be drinking slightly less now. Originally, when the symptoms began several months ago, I was told that all this could be his body adjusting to a gluten-free diet, but I am growing more and more concerned as time goes on and especially as I see him becoming increasingly tired and listless. How plausible is the theory that his body is just adjusting now? Or, should I insist that he be tested for diabetes insipidus?
I would suggest reviewing your concerns with your pediatrician. In addition to diabetes insipidus, I would suggest evaluating the child for diabetes mellitus (Type 1 diabetes). The symptoms you describe are not typical for celiac disease.