The following are symptoms of type 1 diabetes that should alert you to visit the doctor

  • Excessive thirst – known as polydipsia
  • Excessive urination – known as polyuria
  • Weight loss
  • Bedwetting in a previously toilet-trained child.
  • Vaginal infections (candidiasis) especially in pre-puberty girls
  • Irritability and decreasing school performance
  • Recurrent skin infections

The following are more severe symptoms and immediate medical help should be sought

  • Severe dehydration
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Stomach / abdominal pain
  • Flushed cheeks and rapid/sighing type of breathing