Type 2 Diabetes in Children - When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if your child:
- Has symptoms of hyperosmolar state, 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.
- Less common in type 2 diabetes is
diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which has symptoms similar to those of hyperosmolar state. But DKA is still possible and very dangerous.
- Has passed out (lost consciousness) or has suddenly become very sleepy or confused. (Your child may have very low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.)
- Low Blood Sugar: Emergency Care
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.
- 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:
- Feeling nervous, shaky, and weak.
- Extreme hunger and slight nausea.
- Dizziness and headache.
- Blurred vision.
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.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your child's symptoms or condition without
using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not
- You think your child may have symptoms of
type 2 diabetes. A simple blood test is all that is needed to determine whether
your child has the disease.
- Your child is overweight and gets
little or no exercise. He or she is at risk for diabetes. Early
detection and treatment for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay complications
from the disease.
- You have been told that your child has
prediabetes. This condition can lead to type 2
diabetes. If your child eats a healthy diet and exercises regularly, he or she
may not develop diabetes.
Who to see
Most doctors can diagnose diabetes. After your child
has been diagnosed, your doctor will work with you to build a treatment plan
that fits your child's needs. Health professionals who may be involved in the
treatment of children with type 2 diabetes include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.