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I am 29 years old, a Type I Diabetic for 7 years. Recently, my daughters preschool teacher and babysitter have told me they notice Hailey drinks and urinates a lot. I noticed it myself, but thought it was just me being paranoid. I did a few home fingersticks...about an hour and a half after a small meal (she's a toddler, so she never really eats a lot at once) she's been around 145-170. After her naps, which would be no meal for about 3 hours she's been about 135-155. She had a random reading over 200. I brought her to her pediatrician, they sent her for bloodwork and her fasting was 131. They were not concerned about this number and told me to just keep an eye on her. I've been trying to research what normal post meal blood sugar should be for a non-diabetic, but found a huge variance. Does anyone know a good site that gives this answer, or know the answer themselves? Thanks.
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Lower than those numbers. Take her to a different doctor, if you can, or get a referral to an endocrinologist.
 

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We're going to an endocrinologist in a few weeks, only because really pushed it with her pediatrician, although they don't think it's necessary yet. I'm just trying to find some answers myself before we go, since it's a few weeks away (hard to wait!). Is there a such thing as pre-diabetes? Just wondering if it's possible that she's starting to become diabetic, but may not need insulin yet? She's only 2, I can't imagine handling this with a 2 year old :(
 

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I agree with Cathy . . . and btw - welcome, Michele. I found quite a variance when I searched too, but her numbers are high & if you have access to a pediatric endocrinologist, it would be good to get her in to see one. At least a regular endocrinologist. With your own history, you know as well as we do that she's at higher risk for type 1. I have a young grand-niece who was diagnosed before her first birthday. She is now 11 years old and has already worn out one insulin pump!

Keep us posted on this . . . and give Hailey a hug from a goofy old granny here . . . :)
 

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I am not a doctor! But, she is displaying 3 symptoms of diabetes, not pre-diabetes. She has a high fasting blood sugar, she has frequent urination, and she is frequently thirsty. My physician diagnosed me with fewer symptoms than that! Try to keep her blood sugar controlled as best you can with diet until you see the endocrinologist; more protein and veggies and fruit, less starch. Perhaps apple slices dipped in peanut butter, instead of a peanut butter sandwich, that kind of thing.
 

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Thanks for the advice and support...something tells me I'll be on here quite a bit for both. I think I probably know the answers to my own questions, but am looking for the possibility that this isn't diabetes...that perhaps toddlers normal ranges are different than adults or something. Ya know, she has had occasional normal numbers in the low 100s, but never anything below 115 or so, so it isn't all too clear to me. So I don't know if she's in the early stages of diabets or what (if there's even such a thing?).
 

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There is such a thing as early diabetes. Assuming she is type 1, it could be that her pancreas has just become unable to produce enough insulin to keep up, but not all her islet cells are destroyed yet. Assuming she is type 2, she has just become insulin resistant enough to give her elevated blood sugar readings. Either way it is a Very Good Thing. Early diagnosis and control lessens the damage from too high blood sugar levels in the blood. So many people are not diagnosed until they pass out!
 

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Hi,
I am 29 years old, a Type I Diabetic for 7 years. Recently, my daughters preschool teacher and babysitter have told me they notice Hailey drinks and urinates a lot. I noticed it myself, but thought it was just me being paranoid. I did a few home fingersticks...about an hour and a half after a small meal (she's a toddler, so she never really eats a lot at once) she's been around 145-170. After her naps, which would be no meal for about 3 hours she's been about 135-155. She had a random reading over 200. I brought her to her pediatrician, they sent her for bloodwork and her fasting was 131. They were not concerned about this number and told me to just keep an eye on her. I've been trying to research what normal post meal blood sugar should be for a non-diabetic, but found a huge variance. Does anyone know a good site that gives this answer, or know the answer themselves? Thanks.
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Hi Michele and welcome! Take her to an endocrinologist. The fasting reading of 131 is enough for the diagnosis for diabetes-at least it is for adults, I have no reason to believe that there are different ranges for a toddler. Adults and toddlers use the same type of glucose meters. My diabetes resource directory doesn't have any websites listed for children with diabetes but I am sure there are several. You may have to do a little search for the sites. Good luck in the weeks to come!
 

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Thanks for the advice and support...something tells me I'll be on here quite a bit for both. I think I probably know the answers to my own questions, but am looking for the possibility that this isn't diabetes...that perhaps toddlers normal ranges are different than adults or something. Ya know, she has had occasional normal numbers in the low 100s, but never anything below 115 or so, so it isn't all too clear to me. So I don't know if she's in the early stages of diabets or what (if there's even such a thing?).

The website. children with DIABETES Online Community would be a good place to get some answers to your questions.
 

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Thanks so much for finding that site for me!!
You are so welcome! I am sure that you will be able to get answers to your questions on this site. Keep us posted on your "little one" and we are here if you need support!
 

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I think you need to be careful here. I have often seen a comment that children normally have higher sugar levels than adults they need it.
 
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