Watch out for main symptoms of diabetes (Type 1) in children
There is nothing more horrible than children suffering from diabetes but unfortunately the number of children falling prey to this monster of a disease is increasing each day. Children between ages 10-13 are the ones who are more prone to type 1 diabetes. It may come as a bit of a surprise but most kids who get diabetes don’t have another family member suffering from it. When your child is diagnosed with diabetes, it can come as a shock, so make sure you watch out for these symptoms of diabetes.
1 Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is different from type 2 diabetes and one of the major differences is that parents can do nothing to prevent type 1 diabetes. If you thought it isn’t that common, you may want to rethink it. Did you know that over 300,000 Canadians have type 1 Diabetes? The rest of the world is catching up pretty fast. If you notice any of these symptoms listed below, get your child tested for diabetes right away. Even a day’s delay can be dangerous and could lead to diabetic ketoacidosis – a condition where the body runs out of insulin to process and ends up breaking down fat instead.
2 Symptoms of diabetes
This is one of the most common and prominent symptoms in children with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. The child may get excessively thirsty and the thirst could be very difficult to quench. This happens because, as their blood-glucose level rises, fluid drains from their body tissues. These children will have a severe craving for sweet and cold drinks.
3 Frequent urination
It’s a no brainer that when your intake of water increases, you may want to visit the washroom more frequently. If you notice that your child has been taking an abnormal number of bathroom breaks, it could mean a serious problem. Also, your toilet trained child may start bed wetting again.
4 Loss of weight
In type 1 diabetes, the body stops processing sugar to form energy and instead breaks down fat and also muscle mass at times. The weight loss in children with diabetes is sudden and rapid. So, if your child is losing a lot of weight suddenly, get him/her checked for diabetes immediately.
5 Extreme hunger
When a child’s body is low on insulin, the energy drops drastically too. This makes the child extremely hungry. A growing child needs constant energy; we get that but intense and frequent hunger means there is some underlying reason for the loss of energy.
6 Lack of energy
As we read earlier, type 1 diabetes causes low levels of insulin and therefore the bodies of the kids can’t process sugar to make energy. Hence, children tend to be constantly tired and sluggish. Lack of energy is an important symptom of diabetes as it indicates other problems as well.
7 Loss of appetite
While extreme hunger is a warning symptom of diabetes, loss of appetite is worrisome too. Decreased appetite can mean diabetic ketoacidosis. It is very important to make sure that your child has a healthy and moderate appetite.
8 Blurred vision
Children suffering from diabetes have a high blood sugar as the regulation of insulin is not effective. This causes draining of water from body tissues, including eye lenses. This leads to blurred vision or eyesight problems. Children may not tell you that they are having issues with their vision, but try to figure it out as parents.
9 Yeast infections
Children, especially girls with type 1 diabetes, may develop yeast infections. In babies, a yeast infection starts as a diaper rash.
10 Diabetic ketoacidosis(DKA)
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency and you should be really careful and observe other symptoms ofdiabetes in your child so that you can avoid diabetic ketoacidosis. Once the body runs out of insulin to breakdown sugar into energy and burns all the fat for energy, it starts to builds acidic by-products called ketones.
DKA changes the pH level of the body and can prove to be extremely dangerous. The symptoms of this condition are nausea, dizziness, stomach pain, flushed face, fast breathing, fatigue and a fruity breath odour.
If you can act quickly on the symptoms of diabetes and get it diagnosed, you have won half the battle. With proper diagnosis and treatment, diabetes can be kept in control but make sure that it doesn’t become fatal and end up in DKA.