One of the most common diseases of the octogenarians and veterans, diabetes in children is a rare occurrence, whenever it happens. Type -1 diabetes, which was, observed in children, was, titled juvenile diabetes for its rare occurrence unlike today. CDC reports that 208,000+ people under 20 years are, diagnosed with Type II diabetes today, across the globe.
Type II diabetes is, caused when due to the ineffective functioning of the pancreas and its hormone called insulin. These causes a high build up of glucose in the blood without transferring it to the cells. If neglected for too long, the child can end up with permanent heart disorder, blindness and kidney failure.
The common symptoms according to scientist researching the field are:
- Overweight Children
- Children with a family of diabetes
- Children with innate insulin resistance
- Children of the ethnicities Asian, American-Indian, African-American, Hispanic/ Latino
Obesity is the major cause of diabetes in children, as reported globally. All lifestyle problems of unhealthy or unhygienic eating practices, binge eating, lack of exercise, excess rest, undue sugar-eating, genetic history and hormonal imbalances adds to the same.
The symptoms of diabetes in children are:
- Excess urination
- Blurred sight
- Weight loss
- Thirsty/ Dehydrated
- Dry mouth
- Slow healing of cuts
- Tingling in the hand and feet
- Numbness in hand and feet
- Breathing trouble
- Increase in appetite
- abdominal pain
- Mood Swings
If 2 or above of the symptoms aforementioned are observed in your kid, hurry to the doctor’s office, NOW!
Caring for a child with diabetes
Lifestyle changes are the first mandatory change to after being, diagnosed with diabetes. You must try with all your might to help your child recover from the same by treating him or her at the apt time. If treatment is, neglected for long, the child can end up with permanent damage to his or her innards. After your child is, diagnosed with the disease, you will be, trained for the following things:
- Test Blood Sugar at home periodically
- Give insulin shots if necessary
- Diet changes
- Exercise and routine changes
- Reducing sweets
- Providing emergency care
In this age, nothing is too big a disease if you will for it to go away, so be, assured and keep faith!