Help mom has important question

By 2catty Latest Reply 2009-02-13 13:38:46 -0600
Started 2009-02-02 22:23:58 -0600

As I am sure you know I am T2. And to let you know some background it is about my 3 year old little boy. Both grand-mothers and an aunt and great-grandmother has diabetes. Well this morning when I woke up to check my glucose my little one begged me to check his. His fasting sugar was 137. I am frantic with worry. I don't know what I should do. I have only dealt with myself. Is his sugar normal for his age. I have no idea. I am sick with worry.

32 replies

2009-02-11 00:22:27 -0600 Report

Not to ask a dumb question but, are these numbers fasting? And if so, is he eating anything before bed?

2009-02-11 00:21:16 -0600 Report

Not to ask a stupid question, but are all of these tests fasting? And if so, is he eating something before bed?

dj7110 2009-02-06 23:56:00 -0600 Report

Thet have home A1c test kits you can buy at most drug stores.. I even found a place on net that carries them and can get them for free if on medicare.. without insurance they run about $25 for one including shipping and handleing. I'm unfamiliar with the home tests but believe they are pretty accurate and would let you know if there is concern or not.. as it covers an aprox 3 month time and what they use to diagnose diabetis.. just click on this link, or copy n paste in your browser if it doesn't work.

2catty 2009-02-07 23:36:22 -0600 Report

Thank you, I might have to do this if I get no response from a Dr. You know the gut feeling you get when you know something just isn't quite right with your child. That is what I have it probably isn't to bad know but I feel like it is becoming a problem. When I checked his sugar and it was 187 I about hit the floor. Then for the Dr. to say it is pointless to check a healthy childs sugar. Then how do you know. And if they are diabetic don't you check it then. It's not pointless then. It is to questionable to understand.

Anonymous 2009-02-08 01:39:41 -0600 Report

I agree that you need to take your child to the ER or to your Dr. This is something that needs to be done by a Dr. and stop all the guessing! It will help you and your child when it get's resolved. You both are in my prayers. God Bless

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-08 06:16:11 -0600 Report

Yes if your MD is not willing to see him at what is consider to me a crisis for a BS being that high at that age, To the ER I would go. Thats where I was diagnosed at the age of 6. When my mother called my MD when I was sick, they made my appointment for 3 months later. And everytime she called to get it sooner, they couldn't fit me in. My mother took it on her own and took me to the ER. My sugar was 860!!! I wonder what is had been running and how much sooner I could of been diagnosed. needless to say my MD was alarmed and yelled at my mother for not getting me to his office. After the heated discussion with my father and mother the only answer he came up with was I will yell at my secretary, no one told me youns called.( Go figure)…Debe

2catty 2009-02-10 20:15:08 -0600 Report

OMG! 860 You are lucky to be alive. When I was diagnosed mine was right at 600. Jeez, I been keeping an eye on him. The weird thing is it bouncing. 137-145-109-187-119 I don't know what to make of it. His ped. is making me feel like an irrational mother. I am not irrational. I just want my child to be healthy and cared for. As a diabetic I know how important it is to care for immediately. I am taking him somewhere else though. Thanks everyone

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-02-11 09:25:33 -0600 Report

I fully understand your concern. No parent wants to just sit by and do nothing if there is something wrong with their child. But also I think it's important to recognize that blood sugars do naturally fluctuate up and down in a normal, healthy, non-diabetic person. And from what I have found by trying to read up on it, children tend to vary a little more than adults.

All this being said, a 187 reading is pretty concerning. But meters are not 100% accurate. Here's a link to a discussion we had about meter accuracy:

Anyway, I think the key is, don't panic. If your son's pancreas was truly not making enough insulin, you'd be seeing consistently high numbers like 200+. The numbers you're seeing, while still a little concerning, are not indicative of a childhood diabetic. At least that's my opinion on the matter.

2catty 2009-02-13 13:38:46 -0600 Report

Thank you for your words. Yes I do agree they do flucuate, the only think is they are up and down to much though. Yesterday I talked to my Dr. who just adores my son I even take him to my appts. he said what his ped. said was ridiculous, that I can check my childs sugar anytime I want. And it does matter or it wouldn't matter to anyone. But he said to get a more accurate picture to tell the tale he needs the a1c done. I totally agree. So that's what I am working on next. Thank you so much for your concern on the matter.

2catty 2009-02-10 20:16:36 -0600 Report

Thank you for your kindness. yeah we going to see about seeing someone else. It may be a fluk be at least I will feel better. I hope it is a

2catty 2009-02-06 22:00:39 -0600 Report

Well I did another reading on my toddler. It was 187, I cried and was shaking and then my blood sugar shot up to 500. A little while later his was 118. Then mine came down to 253. I contacted his Dr. and he said there is no need to check a little ones sugar. It does not mean anything anyhow. As long as he doesn't drop a lot of weight all at once. I am not sure I am comfortable with this. It sounds wrong to me. If he did drop a lot of weight he would be in trouble. He only weighs 33lbs. He is very small. I am left feeling weird and stranded. That is a weird word for it, but it is how I feel. This is my baby. I have talked to other parents about if their child was diagnosed how would they cope. They just said eh we would get by. I don't think they have a clue how heartbreaking and consuming it would be. Their is no break from it. And when they go out or to school mentally you are doing worse than they are. As you can tell I have been thinking a lot about this lately. If my child has diabetes please give me the strength to be the mom and caretaker I need to be, for my child.

rbergman 2009-02-06 22:46:21 -0600 Report

I'm a very persistent mother, (you've read my issues with Laura) and come hell or high water, eventually SOMEONE is going to listen to me, I may not be a doctor but I've been a mother for over 19yrs and I know when something is just not right with my children. If I couldn't get anywhere calling doctors or getting them to agree to see us but then not doing anything I kept at it, my sister, who is an RN said, "If your not getting anywhere this way and she gets another high reading and no explanation take her to the ER, it may not work but what have you got to lose, I did not have to do that in the case of her Thyroid issue because our conversation was the day before the appt. with the doctor that did agree to test her blood, and with the diabetes issue recently I sought a 2nd opinion before getting really upset and that too paid off today. I know doctors are busy and probably over-ran with patients but don't just dismiss a mother because she is "just a mom"!

rbergman 2009-02-06 22:48:21 -0600 Report

OH, stupid question but gonna ask anyway, I assume you are using YOUR meter to test your son, you are changing the lancet before you test him correct? If its contaminated with your blood it could give false reading for him. I ask because I made that mistake back in Nov, when I was still using my meter to test Laura, simple goof but it can prove to be a drastic change in accurate readings…

2catty 2009-02-06 23:05:03 -0600 Report

Yeah actually I used the lancet device that automatically changes lancets by itself. I just don't get the whole it doesn't matter what his reading is. And said I shouldn't even be doing it. Because it's pointless. If that is so how does any child ever get diagnose if you dismiss everything. It is getting under my skin. I think Monday I will ask my own Dr. he adores my baby. Thanks for your support in the matter. Good luck with yours, my heart goes out to you.

shannonlynn 2009-02-05 21:58:41 -0600 Report

I hope he doesn't have it. Maybe the machine was in error.

2catty 2009-02-05 22:05:18 -0600 Report

Yeah I am going to keep check over the week-end and if it reads above what it should be then Monday he is getting checked. He is due for a check up next month to, so even if all is good I am still going to have him checked just for piece of mind. Thanks everybody for your concern my baby is my life. My heart goes out for the parents of kids out there with diabetes, because this has really made me think. It goes beyond myself, it is different when it is our little one.

Alex's mom
Alex's mom 2009-02-05 22:13:58 -0600 Report

I remember when my son- age 3 1/2 was diagnosed. Devastating- He was 500 something on the monitor. I knew something was wrong beforehand, but didn't want to admit it. He was a 3 year old telling me I hated him because I wouldn't let him have a drink before bed.

Alex's mom
Alex's mom 2009-02-05 22:14:45 -0600 Report

He is eleven now and things are way better- it does work out.

2catty 2009-02-05 22:19:44 -0600 Report

I am so glad that you are strong enough for the both of you. It takes time, I just hope I don't have to go through it with mine. I know it has to be heartbreaking day in day out to see your child go through what I go through. Thanks for your comments they help.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-02-03 09:48:54 -0600 Report

As the parent of a diabetic child, I understand the helpless feeling you're experiencing. I would literally do anything to take away this disease from my child. But that simply isn't possible.

Here are my thoughts about your son. First of all, 137 is definitely not normal. However, as others have indicated, it's also not crazy-off-the-chart kind of number either. If he's been sick or has an infection, that can elevate the number. If he had something sugary on his hands, that could give you a false reading. If he slipped into the kitchen earlier and ate something before you tested him, that could raise his blood sugar.

So I agree that first thing is to check him again tomorrow. See if there's a consistency to the number. Make sure he hasn't eaten anything and his hands are clean.

Also, watch for any other signs. Is he much thirstier than normal? Is he going to the bathroom (or wetting his diaper) more frequently? Is he losing weight?

And of course, if for nothing else than your own peace of mind, make an appointment to see the doctor.

I wish you all the best.

2catty 2009-02-03 12:25:41 -0600 Report

Thanks everybody for your support on this matter. When I checked his sugar he just woke up. I am going to check his sugar again and I am also going to call his Dr. I figure better safe than sorry. It really does make you worry when it comes to your children. I appreciate all of yoor help.

2catty 2009-02-03 12:26:54 -0600 Report

Oh by the way he does go to the bathroom alot and drink alot.

Anngelia 2009-02-03 18:18:57 -0600 Report

Well thats not a good sign but I would check with your doctor before you panic. I know when it comes to your kids it's hard not to panic but better to just check it out with the doc. And once you do know let us know so we can support you either way.

2catty 2009-02-05 16:14:48 -0600 Report

The next day it was 109 so maybe it was a fluke. I still am going to keep a check on it though. Thanks everybody.

dj7110 2009-02-05 17:35:26 -0600 Report

this is a beter reading.. the higher one could of been from eating something close to reading to a number of things.. just like us that have been diagnosed experiance variations anyone can have a fluctuation in there sugars from time to time.. many things other than food alone cause variations too at times.. It is also hard to determine by just a few readings.. It is the AIC test gives the average of aprox a 3 month period of time. and where they make an actual more acurate diagnosis of diabetis from. Hope all works for the best and they stay more toward the norm.. David

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 18:34:16 -0600 Report

I hope everything goes well with your sons check-up. It scares me being I was diagnosed at age 6 and I was thirsty and always peeing 24/7 had severe itching in my private parts, even at that age. Keep us posted…Debe

GabbyPA 2009-02-03 09:36:16 -0600 Report

This is also a good time to look at what you arae feeding him. I know kids require different amounts of food types for growth, but it could be that he is eating something that is just really loaded. So look at that as well.
Talking to the doctor sounds like the best thing to do. Even if his next test is more normal, I would talk to them about how to prevent it as long as you can as it runs in your family so strongly.

rbergman 2009-02-03 07:20:44 -0600 Report

I agree as well before you go to all out war mode, take a breathe and retest the next morning, making sure his fingers are clean, do all the proper steps as if you were doing your own, then if its high call your PCP that takes care of your diabetes. When my 7yr old was diagnosed on the 22nd of January, I was told she wouldn't have turned Diabetic if it weren't for the auto-immune failure she is experiencing and that she may even turn Type1 before its over. Chances are a 3yr old becoming Type2 are even slimmer unless there is an underlying issue, and a 136 doesn't sound right to be a type 1 but I'm no doctor either. Retest then call the doctor if your still concerned.

2009-02-03 06:13:56 -0600 Report

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of worry; \ Take their advice, have him checked out.\ Better to be safe than sorry.
Or, you can first call your doctor and find out the norm for a child of his age.

Maybe they can shed some light on this quicker.

CALpumper 2009-02-02 22:35:57 -0600 Report

I totally agree with Judy.
137 is not as bad as it seems.
But instead of panicking, take him in and get him checked.

And either outcome, We are Here for you.
My best to you and your son.

2009-02-02 22:32:44 -0600 Report

Cat, I'd make an appt with his pediatrician and get to the bottom of it instead of worrying. On the other hand, did he handle something before you tested him? Did you wash his hands? Don't panic until you know what's up. Try it again tomorrow morning and make sure that his little hands are clean for sure. If it's still that high, I'd call and make that appointment. Sorry you have to go through the worry.


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