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Diabetes Health Center

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Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - When To Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services right away if your child:

  • Has symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), such as:
    • Blurred vision.
    • Trouble staying awake or trouble being woken up.
    • Fast, deep breathing.
    • Breath that smells fruity.
    • Belly pain, not feeling hungry, and vomiting.
    • Feeling confused.
  • Has passed out (lost consciousness) or has suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (Your child may have very low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.)
Emergency Care for Low Blood Sugar

Call a doctor if your child:

Sick-Day Guidelines for People With Diabetes
  • 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:

Who to see

Health professionals who may care for a child who has with type 1 diabetes include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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