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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there safe alternative therapies for child with diabetes insipidus?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Water: Di don't just occur out of no where. There is usually a cause. In the brain, it could be from past head injury, infection, tumor, ischemia to the hypothalamus/pituitary gland. At the kidney, it could be due medications (lithium, demeclocyline...), kidney disease, high calcium...I recommend finding the cause and treat it. However, in general, if you maintain adequate fluid intake, symptoms is less.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatric Critical Care 32 years experience
DI: Diabetes insipidus is due to lack of the hormone (adh), which helps concentrate the urine, accordingly these children tend to pass large amounts of urine that is very dilute. If the child can drink enough fluid to keep up with what she/he is losing, often she/he may be able to maintain adequate fluid and electrolyte balance without the need for the hormone adh=vasopressin.

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When should a child be evaluated for diabetes insipidus?

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Thirst,lots of urine: Diabetes insipidus is a disorder that impairs the body's ability to make concentrated urine. Common symptoms in childhood might include constant thirst and large amounts of urine. There is also often a family history of the disease that can prompt an evaluation by the child's pediatrician.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there alternative therapies for child with diabetes?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
In Type I DM...: ...There are no alternatives to insulin. There are complementary therapies, of which diet and exercise are the most important, that help limit damage from diabetes.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Before insulin was available, children were treated with a variety of "alternatives" out of despiration. Case fatality rates ran 100% with an expected lifespan after Dx of < 4mo.
Mar 8, 2012
Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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