If you have questions or are concerned, call Pediatric Endocrinology at 617-726-2909.
How Do I Test My Child's Urine for Ketones?
Here is how to test your child's urine for ketones:
- Open the ketone testing kit.
- Have your child urinate into a clean container, such as a disposable cup or bowl. If you have a daughter who has her period, try to prevent menstrual (period) blood from mixing with the urine.
- Open the testing strip and dip it into the urine. Shake off the extra urine into the toilet or the container your child urinated in.
- Wait for the testing strip to change color.
- Compare the color of the testing strip to the color on the box to see if your child has ketones.
- If the color is light, test the urine again in 2 hours. Follow steps 2-6. Call the doctor after testing. This means your child’s body is starting to make more ketones.
- If the color is medium or dark, call your child’s doctor right away for next steps.
What is ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition in which there is a high number of ketones in the blood. Call the doctor if you child shows any of these signs of ketoacidosis:
- Thirst or a very dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- High blood sugar levels
- High ketone levels
- Constantly feeling tired
- Dry or flushed (red) skin
- Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
- Trouble breathing
- A fruity smell on the breath
- Trouble focusing or feeling confused