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Question:

From Austin, Texas, USA:

I have a 15 month old daughter who seems to constantly need a cup of juice in her hand. We have heard that that can be a symptom of diabetes. What is normal fluid intake and just how concerned should we be? What other indicators should we look for before calling our doctor? How often are such young children diagnosed with diabetes?

Answer:

The symptom you describe is almost universal among toddlers. You must distinguish between habit drinking and compulsive drinking fueled by thirst from excessive loss of urine. The time scale is often helpful with normal toddler behaviour being constant while the thirst of diabetes increases. Moreover, the latter doesn't stop at night and if your daughter is demanding drinks during the night with accompanying wet nappies then you should ask your doctor to check for sugar in her urine.

KJR

Original posting 3 Oct 1998
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms

  
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