Diabetes and Children: Symptoms and Treatment

Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing.  I remember mine vividly, and consider it the best thing that ever happened to me.  But I could hardly believe my ears when my OB-gyne told me I had gestational diabetes.  It’s that kind of diabetes you get when you’re pregnant.  Luckily, mine disappeared right after I gave birth.

This has got me thinking about my daughter.  Could she be predisposed to getting diabetes at some point in her life?  Could your kid be showing signs of diabetes?

First off, it helps to know what diabetes is all about.  There are two main types of diabetes in children:  type 1 (also known as juvenile diabetes) and type 2 (adult-onset diabetes).  Diabetes happens when the body could not change blood glucose- sugar- into energy.  There is a deficiency in the production of insulin which is responsible for doing that.  But for Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin at all.

Be on the lookout if your child is starting to show the following common symptoms of diabetes:  frequent urination and thirst, fatigue, weight loss, headaches, tummy aches, problems with behavior.  Don’t turn a blind eye, and do take your child to see a doctor quick.

If your child then becomes diagnosed with having diabetes, don’t lose hope, as it’s hardly the end of the world.  Thankfully, there are ways to deal with it.  Your child may be placed on a Type 2 diabetes diet to help control his blood sugar levels.  You may have to regularly watch his blood sugar levels using blood glucose monitors.

For those with Type 1 diabetes, they may need insulin shots to supply their bodies with the insulin they need.  This is going to be a lifelong process.

It is so important for us parents to catch the signs of diabetes in our children early on.  If it turns out that your kid does have diabetes, always follow your doctor’s orders, and practice living a healthy lifestyle.  This will prevent greater complications in the future.  It likewise helps to join diabetes education programs whenever possible.  Through it all, just always be there to support your kid.