Courtney Moore, the mother of a 16-month-old boy named Maddox, was shocked at the amount of water her son was drinking and was shocked when the pediatrician told her he had diabetes.
It all happened about 3 weeks ago when Courtney noticed that, as soon as she woke up, Maddox would immediately reach for water, especially whenever she had a water bottle in her hand.
At first, she thought nothing of it and believed the boy was just thirsty due to the extreme heat when temperatures in Sacramento, California, exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
MULTIPLE DIAPERS CAN’T HELP
But there is another problem. Every day, Maddox would be drenched in his own urine. According to Courtney, he started seeping through his diapers, so she decided to double them up. However, it didn’t work. She to speak:
“Literally we tried everything, every brand we could think of, and nothing worked. He will wake up drenched in his urine. It was on his crib. It is just terrible. “
Courtney went online and looked for possible causes and found that Type 1 diabetes matched the symptoms. She thought it was a bit extreme but decided to contact her pediatrician anyway.
The doctor suggested a blood test and just an hour later, Courtney got a phone call to speak her that she should get Maddox to the ER ASAP.
SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES
As it turned out, Maddox was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis associated with high blood sugar, which can be fatal.
Dr. Gregory Deines, from Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shares that people can get confused, they can experience fainting, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. He more:
“The worse situation is that people can actually go into a coma and become unresponsive. If that happens, it is extremely dangerous and people can die.”
Fortunately, Maddox was given fluids at the hospital, as well as insulin to lower his blood sugar and get him out of the danger zone known as diabetic ketoacidosis.
Thirst is one of the general symptoms of the Type 1 diabetes, but there are other things you should watch out for, such as low energy, frequent urination, rapid and unexplained weight loss, and feeling unwell.
After health concerns, and even though Maddox is back as happy as ever, Courtney still tries to encourage fellow parents to follow their instincts about their child’s health.
Mother of a declare that she is worried that other parents in her position might think it’s just hot weather or a “growth spurt” instead of seeking help.
If Courtney hadn’t tried to figure out what was causing Maddox’s sudden change in behavior, things could have taken a turn for the worse, and the illness could actually kill him.
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