10 Nov 2022 | 4 min Read
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Also known as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes in kids is when a child’s body does not produce insulin which is an important hormone for producing sugar for energy. Since insulin is an important hormone, it needs to be replaced with an insulin pump or insulin injections.
If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it can be worrisome but even though there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes in kids, it can be easily managed. Here’s all you need to know about Type 1 diabetes in kids.
If a child is suffering from type 1 diabetes, their body’s immune system destroys and attacks the cells in the pancreas which produces insulin and the body cannot make insulin anymore. The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is that in type 2 diabetes, the body is still able to produce insulin, but the insulin doesn’t work as it should.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the symptoms of type 1 diabetes in kids. Most of the time the symptoms of type 1 diabetes in kids develop very quickly. Some of the symptoms to watch out for are:
While the cause of Type 1 Diabetes in kids is still unknown and can happen at any age, it is believed that some of the possible causes of type 1 diabetes in kids are:
While things like genetics, family history and birthweight cannot be controlled, a child’s diet and hygiene can be managed. Parents can keep a check on their child’s diet and make sure their child maintains proper hygiene by washing hands frequently with a baby-friendly hand wash to keep viruses away.
Your child’s doctor (mostly a pediatric endocrinologist), is most likely to use a blood test that measures the amount of glucose(sugar) in the blood. If the child’s blood sugar is high then that means he/she has diabetes. The doctor will further blood tests to determine the type of diabetes.
The treatment for type 1 diabetes in kids is lifelong. Your child’s doctor will chart out a care plan as per your child, with things to do to keep the sugar levels in check daily. Your doctor will advise you to
If type 1 diabetes in kids is not controlled it can lead to:
If you have a child with type 1 diabetes it can be worrying and also overwhelming but remember that it is common in kids. It can take some learning and time to adjust to taking care of a kid with type 1 diabetes but the more you learn and understand about it, the better you will be able to care for your child.
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