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When in doubt, you should get checked. It's really so much better to be seen and to know.
For us, the symptoms/signs began about 2 months before diagnosis - we just didn't know that they were symptoms. It was the thirst/peeing issues that made me call the doctor, and we noticed those later. And by excessive, I mean that our 2 year old would pee 3 times in 15 minutes, have no idea she was going, and literally huge amounts of pee would just pour out of her. And then she'd be fine for a few hours. It was a cycle that came and went. And her thirst would amount to drinking 3 12-ounce glasses of water in 2 minutes and still be begging for more. Again, a cycle. Same with hunger...it came and went. Some signs are highs and some are for lows, so it was her body responding to each one. At the doctor's office, she was 496. A few hours later, at the hospital, she was 60. We caught her early (meaning before she was in DKA) and she honeymooned for about 6 months. There is no way she could have gone on like this for 2 1/2 years without DKA.
If you think it's diabetes, collect a urine sample and run him in for a finger poke. It's 10 minutes. And it's well worth it.
ETA: I've never noticed DD's breath smelling odd. Her pee, yes...her breath, no. No one's ever commented on it either - goes to show how different kids can be!
WOHM to DS11 and DD9, both T1Ds