Diabetes in kids
Childhood diabetes means adjusting your lifestyle to fit your child’s new needs.
Discovering that your child has diabetes is usually a big shock to both the parents and the child. It means a drastic change in lifestyle, eating habits and routine. There are lots of extra precautions to take with a diabetic child but this does not mean he can’t live a normal life.Understanding the disease
Juvenile diabetes is usually diagnosed at childhood and is more often than not, Type 1. This doesn’t mean that Type 2 isn’t diagnosed in kids, it’s just very rare. With Type 1 diabetes the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed and injected insulin is prescribed to combat this.
Your school going child is at an age where he is making friends and just wants to fit in. This may make him feel alienated so don’t treat him differently. This may be the perfect opportunity to get everyone in the house eating healthily.Does my child have diabetes?
Recognising the signs is vital. Kids who develop diabetes are often tired and thirsty all the time. Also look out for them urinating far more than what is normal. Another sign is drastic weight loss as well as blurred vision. High glucose levels cause the lenses to swell and sight becomes fuzzy. Another dead giveaway, because of dangerously high glucose levels, is fruity smelling breath.
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Does your child have diabetes? How did they deal with the discovery?