To routinely test blood glucose and A1C at all well and sick child doctor's visits.
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This petition is to the American Academy of Pediatrics requesting that they would highly consider recommending that every child should have a blood glucose, A1C and urine test done at every well and sick child visit. The amount of children diagnosed in *DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) is alarming; this should be unheard of in 2017, considering the medical advances in the world today. Together, we can make sure that another missed diagnosis doesn't occur- testing blood glucose and A1C regularly can and will do this.
*What is DKA: "Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious condition that is linked to diabetes. If you don’t have enough insulin to help your body process sugars (glucose), your body will start burning fat to fuel itself. As a result, acids called ketone bodies build up in the body."
**Know the signs & symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes**
(They can show at any time, there is no cause, there is no cure. Type 1 is an auto-immune disease that is not a respecter of age, race or gender.)
Frequent Urination (including bed wetting)
Unintended Weight Loss
Fruity Smelling Breath (if you smell this on your child- head straight to the ER as it is a sign of DKA and immediate medical attention is necessary.)
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