The Australian Paediatric Society is a special society of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the voice of rural child health.
While supporting the Government measures to limit spread of COVID-19, we are concerned about the potential impact that late or non -attendance of a sick child to a general practitioner or emergency department may have on the lives of many children.
In particular, we are concerned about the potential late diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Diagnosis in a toddler is particularly difficult.
- excessive wetting (including starting to wet the bed again),
- tiredness and /or
- weight loss
may be attributed by a parent or in a phone consultation as “gastro”, the “flu” or urinary infection. Delayed diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes may result in death or permanent damage.
Please distribute this message to your members to remind them to think “is it Type 1?”
Check a blood (or urine) glucose immediately and refer to the nearest Emergency Department immediately if positive or if in doubt.
Newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes is a medical emergency.
Dr Peter Goss FRACP (Vic)
On behalf of Dr Tim Warnock FRACP (Qld), Dr Joanne McCubbin FRACP (Vic) , Dr Mark DeSouza FRACP (NSW) Dr Allan Kerrigan FRACP (NSW) Paul Bauert FRACP(NT) Nigel Stewart FRACP (SA)
Australian Paediatric Society Committee