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Is this a stomach virus?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by libbymom, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. libbymom

    libbymom Approved members

    Jun 8, 2011
    Last Sunday, my son complained of a bad stomach ache. At times he would double over and moan with the pain. This went on for 2 days. Then on Tuesday, the pains went away. But since then, he hasn't had much appetite, and his insulin needs have greatly reduced. In fact, I haven't bolused him for food since Wednesday. I've reduced his basal many times, and still we're fighting lows. Once on Tuesday, he was 24! It takes a lot longer (and more carbs) to get him up too.

    I don't think he's constipated. He's had normal bowel movements every day this week. He hasn't had any diarrhea or vomiting or fever with this. He isn't lying around like he feels bad. Just no appetite and constant lows. I assume he isn't absorbing much of what he's eating.

    Just a virus, you think? Should I be doing anything different? We started Dexcom a couple of weeks ago, and that's been a tremendous help!
  2. Catiesmom

    Catiesmom Approved members

    Oct 26, 2009
    Yes, we've had that happen too, it's definitely a stomach bug. they don't necessarily have to have diarrhea or vomiting for it to be evident. The stomach ache and lows are definite signs. Watch for lows over the next week or so until they normalize. It can take a week or two. On normal kids they would be fine by now, but not on our D kids.

    Catie, now 13, dx at 8
    dx 6/19/09, Animas Ping 9/28/10, Dexcom 10/14/11, Omnipod 6/11/12
  3. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Nov 17, 2005
    Both my kids had something like this last month. Just stomach ache, lack of appetite and energy. Lasted about 3 days.
  4. Wren

    Wren Approved members

    Apr 24, 2013
    Sounds like a stomach virus. We just went through something similar. We were having such a hard time with lows, even with basal and bolus doses at 10% of normal. I've never had to reduce indulin so much with previous stomach bugs. The endo said it was ok to use that little insulin to prevent lows as long as ketones were ok. You'll have trace or small ketones due to not eating, and that's ok. By day 5 with the scary stubborn lows, I called the endo on call on a Sunday and I'm glad I did.
  5. wilf

    wilf Approved members

    Aug 27, 2007
    What you should be doing different is reducing the insulin he's getting..

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