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.