Childhood Diseases

Posted by: worried mum | 2011-04-28


Child dibetic

Hi Doctor

i think i must stop google because often times it leaves me confused,

my daughter has this sweet breath and when i googled i see that its dibetic, now is this true and how do i prevent it, can i give her OTC medication to reduce the very strong sweet smell or wil it pass on its own?

thank you

Expert's Reply



This type of smell is usually due to ketones in a child's breath.It can also occur in children who are not drinking enough fluids or eating well.You do not mention your daughter's age. This can certainly be caused by diabetes,but there are other causes as well. It would definitely be a good idea to ask your paediatrician to see your daughter.Do not use OTC medication until you know for sure that your daughter does not have diabetes or some other reason for having a ketone smell on her breath.

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