My almost 4 year old son has suddenly become this really cranky kid. Being that he was always such a good kid I tested his blood sugar tonight while he was asleep to make sure there was nothing going on. Me being the paraonoid mom who has been a diabetic since age 7. He was 142. That number worries me, its a little high. 3 months ago he was urinating a lot and I also tested his blood and it was also 140 and I brought him to his pediatrician and they checked his urine and it was negative for sugar. Should I be worried? Why does he run this high? He does like his snacks but tonight his last meal was 3 hours prior to testing, however he had a handful or raisinets an hour prior to testing, would those have affected a nondiabetic like that? Am I being paronoid? Does anyone know if 140 is ok for him?

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I'd be concerned about 140 but maybe not w/ food ahead of time. It's not totally out of the range for "straight" people?

Re your test, I'd wonder if his hands were clean? I'd also be sort of concerned about a pediatrician who knew the family history and just tested his urine?

You should keep a close eye on him. Don't panic, But keep a close eye on him and check his number once a day. You are a diabetic so don't worry, you know what you are doing. The good thing is that you have noticed changes early. You are doing a GREAT Job. Please don't stress :-D

Thanks for the advice, I tested him this morning before food and hes 120, which is still on the higher side, i guess like you said all I can do is not panic and take things one at a time

Yeah, that seems high. I feel like I was told at one time that children tend to be a little on the lower side when compared to adults, as even non-diabetics naturally lose insulin production with age (thus resulting in higher BGs). And the 120 before breakfast is even more concerning to me.

The good thing is that you know what to do. I'd keep testing him daily and log things. You obviously know what to do if it starts to get higher. Young children can go into DKA pretty quickly, but if you're testing him daily, you'll catch things before they get to that stage.

Have you checked his A1c? I think you should maybe test it at home. There's always the chance that you're just catching a couple of flukes. Also, I don't know what the current school of thought is on this, but some have suggested starting insulin early (rather than waiting) can help preserve some beta cell function, which can make long-term control easier. Maybe a consult with a pediatric endo would be good?

Oh, and BTW, you're NOT being paranoid. You're being a completely rational, good, responsible parent! He's a lucky kid :-)

Not to rain on your parade but being you have diabetes I would suspect at that sugar level if its a fasting sugar be prepared for the worst. I've checked my brothers sugar before post meal and he's gotten up around 150 but diabetes runs in our family. My dad got it in his mid 50's. He was originally ok with pills but after a few years he required insulin in the same manor as a completely full blown type 1. Whether he has autoimmune diabetes is questionable. Please don't take this the wrong way but I have a hard time understanding why people with diabetes choose to reproduce as IMO the risk is way to great. I would never be able to live with myself if I had a kid and he to go through a life like mine.

Gary, did you overlook "his last meal was 3 hours prior to testing, however he had a handful or raisinets an hour prior to testing"? Like 80% of what junior ate when she was a kid involved noodles, in which case 3 hours is right in the wheelhouse of the postprandial spike and the Raisinets would be the icing on the cake, so to speak.

It's sunny and I ran 12.6 miles to get ready for the 1/2 marathon last week and had a great selection of my favorite songs on my ipod and now have the overture to the "Abduction from the Seraglio" for my addled, post-run state. My life is ok.

No matter how you want to measure it most people with a proper working pancreas will usually stay under 120 post meal. Yeah there are exceptions but knowing diabetes as well as I do if my child had a sugar that high I would certainly be concerned. Obviously anyone with diabetes knows there is a greater risk of passing the s*** on so as much as they are hoping for the best they shouldn't really be in shock if one of their siblings gets it.

We parents hope always for the best, being it rational or not.
And If they told me my daughter had to be type 1, I would have desired her to come to birth the same.
Now she's happy, when she will grow up will se if she loves her life or not, I - we cannot know that now.

where are you getting that assertion Gary? I posted the link, from some study of CGM data from "straight" people showing data running up to the 140-160 range? Admittedly, I'd wonder for a study like that how reliable the data would be since I seem to have to "babysit" my CGM/BG interface and I'm not sure a straight person would really be motivated to do that. Still, the study shows higher ranging BG than your assertion, which you are posting to support your assertion that everyone should be miserable? I figure everyone I know is tainted a bit however if they need help, I will help them. I don't see sitting in a "notes from the underground" scenario as being realistic. There's 2/22000 members reporting your particular "version" of diabetes. Say we give you a couple hundred or even thousand more, that's still pretty good odds that maybe a kid can beat your outcome? I'd take those any day?

Well, first of all I don't think you know diabetes all that well because T1 is not hereditary. So not only is your statement about diabetics reproducing wrong but completely rude and unnecessary. I have a two year old daughter that is my world. Yes I worry about her possibly becoming T1, but it's because I believe that T1 is environmental and I may unknowingly subject her to the same trigger I was exposed to. Many of your statements on here are wrong and completely rude. You really need to think about your words before you post all your BS on here. I personally don't think stupid people should be allowed to reproduce, but you don't here me lecturing you about that because that would be rude of me! This website is for people that are dealing with something that is out of our control and as you said "depressing" so please stop making statements that would possibly make them even more depressed. I'm sorry for the rant but I am having one of those days and, me being a "Daddy" as my baby girl calls me, your comment just ticked me off!

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