From Palatine, llinois, USA:
Is there any research on sudden behavior changes in early childhood related to diabetes? My son has sudden mood changes that can last 20 minutes to an hour. Afterwords he is glossy eyed and lifeless for at least 15 minutes.
By far the most likely explanation for these mood swings is that your son is hypoglycemic. Delayed meals and vigorous excercise are amongst the commonest causes; but it may be that his insulin regimen needs adjusting. You should not do this on your own however without talking it over with his doctor. To pin the diagnosis down you need to do a blood sugar very early because counterregulatory hormones can often restore the blood sugar levels very quickly even though the symptoms persist. Another simpler way of confirmation is to see if a more immediate scource of free sugar like orange juice speeds up the recovery process.
Bear in mind too that this just could be a manipulation to invite pizza; but you should be able to judge this within the family.
[Editor's comment: See also Neuropsychological Complications of IDDM in Children 2 Years After Disease Onset from the March 1998 issue of Diabetes Care. JSH]
Original posting 14 Mar 1999
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