- Has symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), such as:
- Has passed out (lost consciousness) or has suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (Your child may have very low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.)
Call a doctor if your child:
- Is sick and has blood sugar that cannot be controlled.
- Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
- Has blood sugar that stays higher than the level the doctor has set for your child, for example, 240 mg/dL for two or more readings.
- Has blood sugar that stays lower than the level the doctor has set for your child, for example, 70 mg/dL for two or more readings.
- Has symptoms of low blood sugar, such as:
Check with your doctor if your child:
- Often has problems with high or low blood sugar levels.
- Has trouble knowing when his or her blood sugar is low (hypoglycemia unawareness).
- Or you have questions or want to know more about diabetes.
Who to see
Health professionals who may care for a child who has with type 1 diabetes include:
- A pediatrician, a family medicine doctor, or a general practitioner.
- A nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.
- A pediatric endocrinologist.
- A certified diabetes educator (CDE).
- A registered dietitian, to help develop a daily meal plan for your child and your family.
- A psychologist, to help with emotional or family issues that might affect your child's treatment.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.