Child Diabetes Red Flags
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Many parents overlook the warning signs of serious illnesses. Sometimes, kids are the first to realize something is wrong.


Casey Taylor: Jusie Somerlott is usually bouncing around, but the spring was taking out of her step while watching movie. Josie Somerlott: They had public service announcement that listed the symptoms of diabetes and I had most of them. Casey Taylor: When she told to her grandmother. Karla Tucker: I agreed with her that, yeah you do, but I'm not sure that means you have diabetes. Casey Taylor: Josie went straight to the internet and took an online diabetes quiz. Josie Somerlott: It said if you have one or more, then we should go to the hospital immediately. Casey Taylor: Her score was 7 so, she went to mom. Robin Somerlott: And I just this mistake, oh no, you're fine. Casey Taylor: The 11-year-old couldn't check the feeling something was wrong. She lost thirty pounds, but was eating and drinking everything insight. Ken Land: My wife is a type 1 diabetic. Casey Taylor: So, Uncle Ken -- glucose monitor, a normal reading as around 100. Josie's was up the charts. Dr. James Swift: There is a lot of intuitive you know knowledge from her standpoint to see that and go. Wait a minute. Could this be something that's going out in me? Casey Taylor: Pediatrician James Swift says the red flag diabetes families miss or sudden changes in child to weight, hunger, thirst, and energy. Parents often overlook symptoms of other diseases too. Kids, who can't catch the breath when running, may not be out of shape, it could be sign of asthma. Constant abdominal pain could mean your child has appendicitis. Robin Somerlott: She did say, I told you so mom and you know I deserve that. I think I did deserve it. Casey Taylor: Josie now manages her diabetes with insulin and offers this advice, if you don't feel well. Josie Somerlott: Well, the doctor and tell them to check you blood. Casey Taylor: This is Casey Taylor reporting.