My son is constantly thirstly

Michelle - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My 4 year old son never wants to eat. If he does say he is hungry, he eats a few bites and then says he is full. However, he is constantly saying he is thirsty and drinks a lot. Is this a problem or just him being a little kid?


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Acheronxxiv - posted on 02/04/2015




My daughter had very similar symptoms.

She started out being very thirsty ALL the time.  Then she would be sick.

She would seem to get better for a few months then relapse.

After browsing the web for a long time after she became sick again, I noticed a trend regarding Type 1 Diabetes and increased thirst.

I took her to her pediatrician and inquired as to he thought Type 1 could be a possibility and he dismissed my concerns and said she looked like she nay be getting a throat infection (she'd been vomiting!).

One week later she started vomiting and could not stop.  I took her to the ER where they found her blood sugar to be 964 (normal is 80-120 and coma is possible over 600)!  Type 1 was confirmed immediately.

PLEASE if your child is displaying these symptoms INSIST your doctor does a glucose test.  You can also buy a Relion glucose meter and test strips for $25 at Walmart.   No prescription is necessary!

You need only the meter,  strips,  alcohol wipes, and a little finger lancet to draw a small drop of blood.  Remember that 80-120 is a normal sugar (very slightly higher after a meal is normal), anything over 200... go to the doctor!  I wish every day I had known how easily I could have just checked her myself and helped her sooner.

SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic Staff

Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can come on quickly and may include:

Increased thirstFrequent urinationBedwetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the nightExtreme hungerUnintended weight lossIrritability and other mood changesFatigue and weaknessBlurred visionIn females, a vaginal yeast infection

Tracy - posted on 09/05/2009




My sons both drink LOT of juice(well diluted) and I know it can be a sigh of diabetes but spoken to doctors about this and he said as long as it isnt a new problem then it is just them, its only if they suddenly develop a thirst its a problem. You could try only half filling his cup at a time (especially when he is eating) and tell him thats all he is getting until he finishes whats on his plate. Worked with mine! Good luck

Abbie - posted on 09/04/2009




I agree have him tested for diabetes, if that is the problem you'll want to get that corrected very soon as the body dumps insulin to correct the imbalance of sugars and that is very hard on the pancras!

Sharon - posted on 09/04/2009




If he is drinking water then have him tested for diabetes.

If its fruit juice & milk - then stop giving those and only give water and very small amounts.

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009




My 3 year old drinks constantly, I was worried about diabetes cause it runs in my family, but my doctor says that it is perfectly normal. She is also picky about eating sometimes, but he says if she is hungry, she will eat. I am sure your son is fine!

Veronica - posted on 09/04/2009




I really don't know if it could be a problem for him or not. I know when an adult has that symptom it usually mean there is a vitamin deficency. Or it could just be as simple as him being picky. My son went thru and still goes thru days like that, he fills up on milk and water and then doesn't want to eat. And he also has days where he will only eat a few bites of things all day and other days I can't figure out where on earth a 2 year puts so much food. Follow your instincts, if you are really concerned take him to the doctor. I've taken dylan a few times and it turned out to be just him being stubborn.

Lisa - posted on 09/04/2009




Have him tested for diabetes. Also have you noticed him going to the bathroom alot or more tired than usual? You can also smell his breath, if his blood sugar is high, it will smell sweet. It may not be diabetes but definatley make a doctor's appt. :-)

Kristina - posted on 09/04/2009




It honestly could be either or. I would talk to the doctor about the thirsty thing, because that could be a sign of a sugar imbalance of some sort, whether it be diabetes or hyper or hypo glycemia. Or it could just simply be he is being a kid, isn't all that hungry but is thirsty. Good luck, and just talk to the doc to be sure!!!

Jackie - posted on 09/04/2009




if he is always drinking then this will suppress his appetite, even water can keep hunger at bay.but seeing your worried i would get him medically checked out cos excessive thirst is a sign of diabetes, if this is ruled out, curtail his drinking and i bet his appetite picks up,

Jherica - posted on 09/04/2009




if it is mostly water and juice he wants to drink and he seems kinda slugish take him to the doctor and get him tested for diabeates

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