What to do if your child is newly diagnosed with Diabetes

If your child is newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he should probably have medical follow-ups weekly until they have good control of blood glucose. Your health care provider will review the results of home glucose monitoring and urine testing. The provider will also look at your diary of meals, snacks, and insulin injections for your child.

As the disease becomes more stable, follow-up visits will be less often. Visiting your health care provider is very important for monitoring possible long-term complications from diabetes.

Call your diabetes provider or go to the emergency room if you notice these symptoms of ketoacidosis in your child:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Deep and rapid breathing
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Sweet-smelling breath

Go to the emergency room or call 911 if he/she has symptoms of severe hypoglycemia or insulin reaction:

  • Confusion
  • Convulsions or unconsciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Lack of coordination
  • Trembling
  • Weakness

You can treat your child’s early signs of hypoglycemia at home by giving him/her sugar or candy or glucose tablets. If signs of hypoglycemia continue or if the blood glucose levels stay below 60 mg/dL, go to the emergency room immediately.

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Map it)

Medical Office Building, 4th Floor, North 
3030 Children’s Way
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-966-4032 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4:30 pm)
After hours, weekends, holidays: Call 858-576-1700. Press 0, then ask for the endocrine doctor on call.
Fax: 858-966-6227
Referral Fax: 858-966-4051