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Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by FloridaSix, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. FloridaSix

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    I took my son into the doctor's office today because he was seeing double. When they tested his blood sugar, it was 201. The doctor said this was pretty high. They are having me monitor him over the weekend and gather data while we wait for blood test results. At 3pm, he was 156 and before bed, he was 100. I can't seem to find any reliable data on what is normal range and what is out of range. I'm frustrated. Is it different then adult normal ranges? Can anyone help? Thank you!
     
  2. tom_ethansdad

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    Unfortunately those numbers are a bit high. Normal can vary for lots of reasons but is somewhere in the range of 70 to 135 with it typically being under 100.

    So that's the bad news, the good news, if there is any, is you've noticed something not quite right before you started seeing numbers much higher than that.
     
  3. wilf

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    The 100 is normal. The 156 is on the high side, the 201 is very high.

    Stay in touch with your doctor to figure out what is causing this.
     
  4. FloridaSix

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    Thank you for the responses. Would anything other then Diabetes cause this?
     
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    Oh gosh, I hope you don't think I'm trying to have you guys diagnose him or that I'm that new user (this is my first post!) that is saying my kid might have Diabetes! But I suppose you can't take my word for it. Actually, before I left the doctor's office, I asked him what could cause this other then Diabetes and he said "it's either Diabetes or it's not" which I took to mean that was the only diagnosis he was considering. I just can't stand the not knowing part. He did say he'd call me Saturday if he got the results in on Saturday which he said he sometimes does.
     
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    I think I was confused by the comment to stay in touch with my doctor and find out what the cause was. I thought the causes of Diabetes are unknown so I'm not clear on what that meant.
     
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    Where did all those readings come from a blood a blood draw sent to a lab or a blood glucose meter ? If so do you have a meter at home ?
     
  9. FloridaSix

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    All the readings were from one of those hand held devices. The 201 was done at the doctors office and the other two were done by me. They sent me home with a One Touch. I just took his reading first thing in the morning and it was 93 which I'm thinking is good but isn't there a chart somewhere on some medical website that lists blood sugar ranges for 6 year olds? They also took 4 or 5 vials of blood but I forgot to ask what they were testing for. I brought him in because he said he was seeing double and blurry and I was worried that it was something neurological. When the conversation turned to Diabetes, I was sort of thrown off course and I wasn't 'on top of my game'. Usually, I ask a lot of questions. Plus, they had a hard time drawing his blood and it was very hard to watch as they kept shifting the needle around and then he was crying and they had to hold him down. I think my brain just burnt out so I have no idea what tests their running!
     
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    Hi, Sorry you are dealing with all of this. 93 is a good morning number but that is the way it works when a child's pancreas is starting to give out. After meal numbers and towards the evening numbers get worse first and then the pancreas has a nice break all night long so they wake up in good range.

    I don't think there is a "normal" 6 year old range. Normal numbers are the same for just about everyone, maybe babies might be different but I don't know. My 12 year old was just dx on 1/31 based off antibodies (probably part of what the blood they took will look for) higher after meal numbers and just slightly elevated fasting numbers. He hasn't started insulin yet so that might be what you are looking at too. Just watching and waiting.

    Keep us posted and I really hope the answer is that he doesn't have diabetes.
     
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    I think you're right that we can't help diagnose but you've clearly be given a reason to be asking questions here. Also you have been to the doctor and are being monitored by the doctor for diabetes. I would think that you can feel welcome to ask all your questions and we will help the best we can. Believe me, I've gotten home from the doctor and found myself with more questions than answers. It always seems like it takes some time to process the right questions to ask.

    There are other things that can cause elevated blood sugar - like illness. I think we can't really speculate on other reasons but it sounds like the doctor may have drawn blood to test for other things?

    It sounds like you are doing all the right things. "IF" it is diabetes it seems like you've caught it early as that blood sugar number isn't as high as for many when they are diagnosed. My son was still feeling good but peeing and drinking a lot - his BG was in the 400's when dx'd.

    Always call your doctor (even nights and weekends!) if anything seems worse to you. Hang in there!
     
  12. tom_ethansdad

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    Not at all. Nobody here can make a diagnosis, only your doctor can do that. Stay in touch with the medical team, let them know the numbers you are seeing. The blood draws will be used to rule in/out a number of things.

    But we can help answer any questions you have and offer support. There have been parents who have seen some higher than normal BG numbers that later fall back into normal range. I'm not trying to give false hope, but just pointing out that a few high BGs do not automatically mean anything.

    See the following links for some other symptoms, warning signs of diabetes and ask yourself if you have noticed any of these recently:

    http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/clinic/signs.htm

    http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103442#symptoms

    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/
     
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    Normal is normal, regardless of age.

    Some of those numbers are high. The key is to determine whether there is something else causing the high numbers (certain medications, certain illness), or it is indeed diabetes.
     
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    How are you doing with your son? Did you find out what was causing his double vision?

    Here is the info on suggested BG ranges for children (from the Pink Panther book)

    under 5 yrs: 80-200
    5-11 yrs: 70-180
    12 yrs+ : 70-150

    "If sugar levels are in the desired range for age at least 50 percent of hte time, the overal glucose control (HbA1c) is usually good."

    The same book also gives the ADA values:

    below six years: 100-180 before meals, 110-200 bedtime/overnight
    6-12 yrs: 90-180 before meals, 100-180 bedtime/overnight
    13-19 yrs: 90-130 before meals, 90-150 bedtime/overnight
     
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    I believe the OP was wanting to know what a normal non diabetic blood sugar should be fora child rather than what a range would be for one already diagnosed. The ranges you posted are for a target range for one already diagnosed. A child would have the same type of blood sugars as an adult if not diabetic. I hope this clears this up for you.
     
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    American Diabetes Association has a good website.
     
  17. sahmcolorado

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    Well, I assumed (maybe incorrectly) that the desired ranges for a D child would be the same - or at least similar - to a non-D child. Isn't that what we're trying to accomplish?
     
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    The goal is to have blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Most non-diabetics never have a blood sugar above 100. I don't think this is desireable or possible with the current technology.
     
  19. sahmcolorado

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    Oh! Thank you. I never knew what was "normal" for non-D folks. I guess we just let them run a little higher to avoid lows.
     
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    Really? Many of the non-diabetic people I have tested have been above 100. A non-fasting blood glucose is not diagnostic for diabetes unless it is over 200.
     

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