Signs and Symptoms of Hyperglycemia in Children
Unfortunately, some of the most common signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia can be mistaken for other conditions or common everyday ailments. If you’re concerned that you’re months away from reading a blood sugar level chart and managing a diabetic diet for your little one, be observant and aware if your child is exhibiting any of the early signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia.
Dry, itchy skin is an early sign. However, this symptom can be present from many other causes including allergies. On its own, it’s nothing more than a nuisance, however if combined with other high blood sugar symptoms, you should take notice. Excessive thirst is another common early clue, but this can also be easily explained given the abundant activity of most children. Dry mouth is another common complaint. Metabolic changes such as weight loss and increased appetite can also be signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia. Unusual frequent urination can also be a clue that a trip to the doctor’s might be in order.
Many of the aforementioned symptoms are common and not always indicative of underlying illness, however, if they are coupled with any of the more developed signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia, it is probably time to take your child to a doctor for a fasting blood sugar test or other recommended lab work per your child’s physician. Difficulty breathing, rapid weight loss and increased drowsiness should raise some red flags as symptoms on their own, but if combined with any of the common symptoms can certainly be indicative of a stressed need to reduce blood sugar levels.
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms or condition, a visit to a doctor is recommended. Only a doctor can tell you if your child needs medical care for hyperglycemia, and with proper lab tests and evaluation, you can determine the source of your little one’s medical condition, if any. With early identification and proper care and management, including dietary changes, you can reverse and reduce the symptoms your child is experiencing and help to ensure good health through their critical developing years.