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  • Nocturnal enuresis (night time bed-wetting)
  • Polydipsia (excessive thirst)
  • Polyuria (frequent urination)
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Unusual hunger
  • Lethargy (abnormal lack of energy)
  • Reoccurring yeast infections (thrush)
  • Dehydration (sunken eyes, dry skin, dry mouth)
  • Irritability or unusual behaviour

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These may may indicate further progression towards DKA:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Vomiting
  • Fruity breath
  • Sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Rapid laboured breathing

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Personal child health record red bookType 1 is five times more common that meningitis in children, but diagnosis is often delayed. Many people are not fully aware of the Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes and are sent home from their GP or A&E when one simple blood glucose finger prick test there and then would give a bigger picture to the Healthcare professional. We still hear far too frequently that diagnosis was delayed as symptoms are not commonly known and can be easily attributed on other illnesses or infections.

An online petition set up by Emma Warrington calls for Type 1 Diabetes symptoms to be included in NHS’ Personal Child Health Record given to parents, known as the “Red Book”  Please sign the petition here, it will run till 27th January 2016.

Always be aware of:

Bedwetting at night in a previously dry child, is one of the most common symptoms of type 1 diabetes

Needing to go to the toilet more than usual and excessive drinking (polyuria, polydipsia)

Hunger and weight loss

Knowing the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, trusting your instincts and getting medical help immediately, can and does, save lives.  A delayed diagnosis can be fatal.

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A single blood glucose finger prick result above 11.1 mmol/l may indicate diabetes and immediate action should be taken.

A same day referral should be made to a specialist hospital clinic.

Never wait for other tests (blood/urine) as this may allow DKA to occur.

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