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Type 1 diabetes diagnosis for children often missed

Type 1 diabetes is not being diagnosed by doctors in many cases until a child presents traumatic symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and rapid breathing, a report has revealed.

A total of 29,000 children are diagnosed with the condition every year but, of these, 25% only find out they have Type 1 diabetes after they suffer a Diabetic Ketoacidosis attack in which they display such symptoms and sometimes end up falling into a coma.

A report by Dr Julie Edge, a consultant paediatric diabetologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, which is due to be published in the British Medical Journal, said that 35% of children who were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before they reached the age of five have had an attack.

Parents have also been advised to take their children to see a doctor if they notice any symptoms associated with Type 1 diabetes, which can include frequent urination and bed wetting.

Dr Tabitha Randell, a consultant paediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist at Nottingham University Hospital, said that bed wetting, a common problem in children, can often be dismissed by parents as being down to stress when it could be something more serious.

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