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Managing Your Child S Diabetes
Get a Pediatrician: This question, to answer, would require a whole textbook. This is way out of bounds of this simple health app. I am sure your pediatrician will have you go to a diabetes education program as well as setting you up to learn from educators how to manage this complex condition for your child. It may seem overwhelming but it will be something you and your family can all learn to manage well. ...Read more
Childhood diabetes: This depends on the type of diabetes. Children more commonly have type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes. This needs to be treated with insulin. As the number of children with type 2 diabetes is on the rise, more children may be treated with medications other than insulin. ...Read more
Whenever needed: Good reasons for testing for diabetes vary depending upon circumstances. A child who seems to be eating a lot but losing weight, abnormally thirsty and urinating a lot, or with sudden blurred vision should be checked immediately. With risk factors for type 1 diabetes (family history, other autoimmune diseases) or type 2 diabetes (family history, obesity, dark skin patches) screening may be needed. ...Read more
Love: Treat them as normal kids with unique needs. Find them a caring competent pediatrician and endocrinologist. Listen, assess, let them know your limits, let them figure out answers on their own for the most part, but always with appropriate limitations. Don't spoil them or let them develop an attitude of feeling entitled. Sound like good advice for any parent? It is. ...Read more
No: No method available to reduce risk or prevent as yet. ...Read more
Bedwetting: Lot of times the bed wetting is normal phenomenon of childhood development. Try to control the bed wetting by various other means. If diabetic then other signs will be present. ...Read more
Children can bed wet until their teens. Unless this is a new thing, it's perfectly normal. Bedwetting alarms can be helpful. There are medications you can use as well for an older child that is starting to get embarrassed.
Of course if it's a new thing, he's losing weight & drinking more, having daytime accidents, fever, painful urination etc, that is a sign of something concerning ...Read more
DM team instruction: Every kid I pick up with dm1 is sent to a center with certified diabetes educators and physicians to begin the families orientation to this life changing event. My closest centers are fort worth, dallas, temple or austin but one has a local clinic for regular followup visits. Small hospital facilities & regular physicians often don't have the time or current info to do a well rounded orientation. ...Read more
Age???: Diabetes comes in 2 basic forms. The children's form develops abruptly after a virus destroys Insulin production. They quickly loose sugar in the urine, eat & drink ravenously & loose 10lb in a week. The fluffy adults make Insulin but not enough and they gradually get into trouble over months or years. A glucose tolerance test or A1c can give you early indication on a teen, in pre teens a urine test. ...Read more
Type 1 or 2:
Children that develop type 2 diabetes are usually obese at the time of diagnosis.
Children with type 1 are usually lean, and present with a history of weight loss.
Warning since 20% of our children are overweight you sometimes have a hard time determening which type of diabetes at the begining. ...Read more
Child diabetes: Usually is referring to type 1 diabetes mellitus which is most common in children and is a metabolic disorder where the pancrease fails to produce insulin which is required to metabolize glucose, so blood sugar rises, causing excess urination, excess thirst and ketosis from digestion of proteins. Children can get DM type 2 too, but is more often related to obesity and insulin resistance. ...Read more
Wouldn't try: The management of diabetes, especially in children, requires a team effort. Part of the initial diagnosis & management includes referral to a diabetes center where certified diabetes educators work with the kid & family to understand the pattern of treatment & dietary modification needed to give the best outcome. Kids training is modified to match their stage of physical and emotional development ...Read more
5 year old diabetic.: Ask a diabetologist or pediatric endocrinologist. Do not go to others unless these are not available. ...Read more
Poor control: If a kid has diabetes, they have no automatic regulation of their blood sugar with insulin, it all comes with supplementary injected insulin. Depending on meal plan and Insulin types/dose/injection site/etc. You can give too much Insulin and become hypoglycemic and too little and get hyperglycemic. It is all part of diabetic control issues. ...Read more
Anything physical: That he/she will do reliably for about 30-45 minutes (or longer) just about every day. Also depends on age--older kids have better coordination and get less frustrated with more complex activities than younger ones. ...Read more
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