Health professionals have been warned not to attribute a child's frequent urination and bedwetting symptoms simply down to stress and anxiety. They could also be indicative of Type 1 diabetes.

The serious warnings, from a report led by Dr Julie Edge - a consultant paediatric diabetologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford - were first cited in the Nursing Times and are now published in the BMJ.

Often a child is not diagnosed with diabetes until they are rushed to into hospital showing traumatic symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and rapid breathing.

Of the 29,000 British children diagnosed with diabetes every year, only a quarter of them find out they have Type 1 after they suffer a Diabetic Ketoacidosis attack, which can sometimes result in the child falling into a coma.

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