A ketone test checks for ketones in your child's blood or urine. Ketones are made when the body breaks down fat for energy instead of using sugar. This can happen when children with diabetes are ill or don't get enough insulin.
Newer home blood sugar meters can measure ketone levels in the blood. You can also use home urine tests to measure ketones.
Measuring your child's ketones is recommended whenever your child has symptoms of illness, such as nausea, vomiting, or belly pain. These symptoms are similar to symptoms of high blood sugar and may mean that your child has diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition is very serious and needs immediate treatment.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: March 13, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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