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COVID and Type 1 Diabetes Late Diagnosis

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.

Symptoms of:

  • thirst,
  • excessive wetting (including starting to wet the bed again),
  • vomiting,
  • 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

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