How do I spot if my child has . . . diabetes?

A delay of just a few days can affect the level of medical intervention needed

A young diabetic patient checking his blood sugar levels on a glucose meter, or glaucometer with the support of his mother. This boy has his medical testing devices and insulin syringe (pen) on the table in front of him. He is writing in his journal or diary to record his levels.

A young diabetic patient checking his blood sugar levels on a glucose meter, or glaucometer with the support of his mother. This boy has his medical testing devices and insulin syringe (pen) on the table in front of him. He is writing in his journal or diary to record his levels.

Up to five children and teenagers a week in Ireland are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and, increasingly, it is not being spotted early enough to avoid a life-threatening complication.

A delay in diagnosis can lead to the development of diabetic ketoacidosis, known as DKA for short, which may necessitate treatment of the child in a hospital intensive care unit.

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