HOW DO YOU RECOGNISE DIABETES IN CHILDREN?
Diabetes in children: unfortunately it’s becoming more and more common. Diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus, and children are most likely to have type 1. But what exactly does that mean? And how can you tell if your child has diabetes? Here are a few important things to know.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. This form of diabetes usually develops at a young age. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Read more about diabetes.
THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES
Once a child has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is extremely important that they receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible. The first symptoms of diabetes can appear at any age, even in toddlers and young children. The symptoms are the same for children and adults. The signs of diabetes are often quite clear. Don’t underestimate them!
DIABETES SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN
If you recognise the following symptoms in your child, it is best to go to the doctor to have some tests run. A doctor will test the blood sugar level of your son or daughter and this can then be used to make a diagnosis. The intensity of the symptoms can be different from one child to the next. These symptoms might be the first indications of diabetes:
- Frequent and increased urination (sometimes wetting the bed)
- Excessive thirst and drinking more than usual (even at night too)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Being overtired without reason
- Impaired vision
In addition, it is possible that your child will develop a hypo or hyper. With a hypo, there is not enough sugar in the body. You can recognise this by: sweating, shaking, headaches and dizziness. With a hyper, there is in fact too much sugar in the body. In this case, your child will need to urinate more often, feel tired and be extremely thirsty.
TREATMENT OF DIABETES IN CHILDREN
Childhood diabetes is unfortunately something that cannot be cured. The symptoms can be reduced by injecting insulin. This can be done in two ways: via an insulin pen or with an insulin pump. With type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet is often sufficient. Do you want to know what the difference is exactly between diabetes type 1 and 2? Read all about it in this blog.
TEST IF YOUR CHILD HAS DIABETES
Is your child at extra risk of diabetes and do you recognise many of the symptoms? Then make an appointment with your doctor. A single drop of blood is all the doctor needs to see if your child has diabetes. And if the diagnosis is indeed diabetes, it is important to start treatment as soon as possible.