Diabetes In Children
Diabetes in children is also known as juvenile diabetes, but more commonly known as type I diabetes. It is the most common form of diabetes in children with ninety to ninety-five percent of carriers being under 16.
Juvenile diabetes is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. It is an autoimmune disease,
which means the bodies own defense system attacks the body’s tissues or organs.
In the last 30 years the number of juvenile diabetes had increased three times over and in Europe and the US we are now seeing type II diabetes in children for the first time.
Obesity easily explains type II, but not why there is such a rise in type I diabetes in children. It is believed that a mixture of genetics and environmental factors are what triggers juvenile diabetes. But the majority of children do not have a family history of diabetes.
The symptoms for juvenile diabetes are the same as in adults. Thirst, weight loss, fatigue, frequent urination is typical, but diabetes in children can also increase stomach pains, headaches and behavior problems.
Doctors should consider the possibility of diabetes in children who have unexplained stomach pains for a few
weeks, along with the typical symptoms.
If you believe your child may be experiencing these symptoms you should schedule them for a thorough examination and tell your doctor what you suspect your child may have. Be sure to tell them about any and all symptoms your child may be experiencing.
If your child has type 1 diabetes, you will be involved in diabetes care on a day-to-day basis, from serving healthy foods, to giving insulin injections, to watching for and treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
You will also need to stay in close contact with your child’s health care team; they will help you understand the treatment plan and how to help your child stay healthy.
When a child is diagnosed with Diabetes, this will affect the entire support system. Parents, siblings and other family members’ support and understanding makes all the difference.