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Low blood sugar in a 2 year old?! HELP! Rachael +3♥ 3 kids; Troy, Michigan 5146 posts
28th Dec '12

My daughter (2) has been having issues with her blood sugar the last couple of months. We became aware of the situation when we brought her into the ER (unrelated to sugar levels, we didnt even know at this time) They did blood work and her sugar was low ( i cant remember exactly what i was) So they gave her a PB&J and some applesauce and juice, her levels went up 4 times higher than they should have and then they said within time it should drop down back to within "normal range" they tested it every hour for 3 hours and it came down but was still high. We have been following up with her pedi and every time it has been checked its LOW!? We went in today and it was 59.. he sent us to the lab right away to have more blood work done to make sure her liver and kindneys are functioning right, and we are being sent to see an endocrinologist next week. Everytime i asked him what he thought it was he would dodge the question and say "oh, i dont want to scare you, thats sommething you should talk about with the endo"



My question is ... anyone ever experience anything like this or know what could be causing it?! the ER dr had mentioned something about Diabetes and im really starting to worry as to whats going on with my baby girl!:?

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
28th Dec '12

Well, if her blood sugar is out of whack, then it means her pancreas isn't functioning completely as it should. However, diabetes is very manageable, through diet, or if necessary, insulin injections or an insulin pump. She can still go on to live a very normal life. I have been battling blood sugar issues for years, but it doesn't stop me from doing everything I want to do.



As far as your doc dodging the question, it's also a liability thing. If he doesn't give you an answer but refers you to the endocrinologist, then he hasn't set you up to expect one thing if it's something completely different. It does sound like very unstable blood sugar, but as far as WHAT'S causing it, there are a lot of factors that we don't have, so we can't really say.

My Brain On Drugs TTC since Sep 2013; 33 kids; Elephant Butte, New Mexico 15758 posts
28th Dec '12

There are lots of things you can do now. It could be diabetes, but it could be something else too. Some parents take their children off of all bread and refined sugar and notice that hypoglycemia or diabetes issues disappear. Ask your doctor if you could try something like that.

Rachael +3♥ 3 kids; Troy, Michigan 5146 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting PurpleBama582:" Well, if her blood sugar is out of whack, then it means her pancreas isn't functioning completely as ... [snip!] ... unstable blood sugar, but as far as WHAT'S causing it, there are a lot of factors that we don't have, so we can't really say. "


yeah, I understand why he wasn't answering i just dont like the whole waiting to find out thing lol. The dr DID tell me that if it were to be diabetes she would need insulin because at her age it wouldnt be the type could manage with diet.! I guess I'll just have to wait and see..

My Brain On Drugs TTC since Sep 2013; 33 kids; Elephant Butte, New Mexico 15758 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting Rachael +3♥:" yeah, I understand why he wasn't answering i just dont like the whole waiting to find out thing lol. ... [snip!] ... would need insulin because at her age it wouldnt be the type could manage with diet.! I guess I'll just have to wait and see.."


True but that doesn't mean to give all kinds of foods and drinks that are well-known to have a high glycemic load because you can't manage type 1 with diet. And-that's not true anyway. There's a lot you can do.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting Rachael +3♥:" yeah, I understand why he wasn't answering i just dont like the whole waiting to find out thing lol. ... [snip!] ... would need insulin because at her age it wouldnt be the type could manage with diet.! I guess I'll just have to wait and see.."


I'm not sure he could be the one to say that. The endocrinologist would have to make that call.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6759 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting Rachael +3♥:" yeah, I understand why he wasn't answering i just dont like the whole waiting to find out thing lol. ... [snip!] ... would need insulin because at her age it wouldnt be the type could manage with diet.! I guess I'll just have to wait and see.."


At 2, there's only one type of diabetes that it could be. Unless your daughter is extremely over weight, there's only juvenile diabetes (type 1). I don't know if diabetes fits though if she's having low blood sugar issues. What you want to give her is foods high in fiber and protein. That will help to keep everything a little more stable until they get everything straightened out. I know 2 year olds aren't exactly the easiest to feed, but peanut butter is a good choice. There are some granola/ cookie bars from kashi that aren't horrible. Beans if she'll eat them. I'd stay away from stuff like white bread, plain pasta, juices of any type. Those will all just cause a huge blood sugar spike and very fast blood sugar crash.



Milk also has carbs in it. I think it's about 15 carbs per 4oz or something like that.

Rachael +3♥ 3 kids; Troy, Michigan 5146 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting AllHeCanEat{EBFT}:" True but that doesn't mean to give all kinds of foods and drinks that are well-known to have a high ... [snip!] ... to have a high glycemic load because you can't manage type 1 with diet. And-that's not true anyway. There's a lot you can do."


yeah i haven't made any changes to her diet at all. I haven't been giving her high sugar foods..

Rachael +3♥ 3 kids; Troy, Michigan 5146 posts
28th Dec '12
Quoting Summerfrost:" At 2, there's only one type of diabetes that it could be. Unless your daughter is extremely over weight, ... [snip!] ... and very fast blood sugar crash. Milk also has carbs in it. I think it's about 15 carbs per 4oz or something like that. "


Thanks! thats what the Dr was explaining to me. She isn't overweight at all, she is 26 lbs and shes 26 months old...