Diabetes: High or Low Blood Sugar in Young Children

Topic Overview

Young children withtype 1 diabetesaren't able to recognize when their blood sugar level is high or low and then tell an adult. And sometimes it's even hard for a parent to tell the difference.

Some signs that may indicate high or low blood sugar in a very young child include:

  • Irritability, anger, or crying.
  • Paleness.
  • Nervousness or trembling.
  • Staring off or not responding when touched or spoken to.
  • Dark urine with a strong sweet odor.
  • Drowsiness or difficulty waking up.

When you see changes in your child, do ahome blood sugar test. It will show the actual blood sugar level, eliminating the guesswork.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology

Current as ofDecember 7, 2017