My kids have always been milk drinkers. So much so that we got delivery of milk in glass bottles on a weekly basis.
This fall they seemed to ease up a little on their milk consumption. Then at Thanksgiving we completely eliminated milk from Q’s diet after skin tests revealed the allergy.
My five-year-old son has declared that water is healthy and no longer wants milk at school lunch (Darned if I didn’t prepay enough to get milk at lunch every day this year!), at snacks, or at bedtime.
This weekend he drank water like it was going out of style. He drank like a fish. He filled cup after cup. He asked me to grab him refills as he built the last of the new Lego sets from Christmas (we’ve been slowly doling them out). At bedtime he filled the Dixie cup three times at the bathroom sink.
And of course my mind went THERE.
If you have more than one child and you are reading this blog, chances are you know the deep, dark place that is THERE.
I debated checking his blood sugar in the night, but decided to check him in the morning.
One by one, oldest to youngest, we checked our blood sugars.
It’s bad enough in those five seconds that we are waiting for my daughter’s BG to show up, but what about for three people who do not have diabetes? What if one of us had a fasting blood sugar that was high?
Phew, nothing to worry about.
Don’t we encourage kids to make healthy drink choices and fill their glasses with water? Of course.
But when your child without type 1 diabetes is on his 8th glass, your mind goes THERE.
Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
(Taken from my book Kids First, Diabetes Second)
- Higher frequency of urination (including bedwetting in potty-trained children)
- Extreme thirst
- Increased hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Irritability or overly emotional reactions
- Fruity smelling breath
- Sugar in urine (determined by a lab test)
- High blood sugar (determined by finger stick or blood draw)
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