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Signs Of Diabetes For Kids
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
Children with juvenile diabetes usually are very thirsty, they pee constantly, are also extremely hungry and loose weight.
Over weight children tend to get "type 2 diabetes" what adults usually get. Every year younger children plagued by obesity are developing type 2, that may have similar symptoms that develop over time. ...Read more
Child fasting blood sugar 107 and 110 on two different occasions. Is this a sign of diabetes he is 10. Also sometime complain of right eye blurry.
No: Type I (Juvenile Diabetes) affects a small, yet growing number of children in the United States. It is due to an autoimmune phenomenon where the pancreas ceases to produce insulin. Type II (adult onset) is becoming a growing concern among morbidly obese adolescents which leads insulin resistance. The body can not produce enough insulin to meet the demands. ...Read more
Infancy: The youngest child in my practice with new onset diabetes was about 8 months old. She had recurrent yeast diaper rash and had elevated sugar levels in her urine and blood. Any child can be tested for diabetes with a urinalysis and a blood sugar level, so technically a newborn can be tested for diabetes. Diabetes is very uncommon in young infants. ...Read more
Increased thirst and frequent urination.
Irritability or unusual behavior.
Yeast infection in girls.
Those the tests done after that to confirm it.
Random blood sugar test.
Glycated hemoglobin (a1c) test.
Fasting blood sugar test.
Autoantibodies that are common in type 1 diabetes.
The presence of ketons in the urine. ...Read more
Exercise & good diet: Make sure your kids have a healthy diet, avoiding excess sugar and carbs. Limit consumption of juice, especially apple juice because of high sugar content which constitute empty calories. Do not let them get overweight. Encourage plenty of exercise and physical activity. Limit tv and video games in favor of sport. Check on their bmi if they seem to be gaining weight too fast. Limit junk food. ...Read more
Usually Type 1: Though rates of type 2 dm are rising in this country, by far the most prevalent is type 1 in children, particularly pre-pubertal. Kids present with frequent, large volume urination, thirst, weight loss initially. Then they can start to vomit, get belly pain, and dehydrate. Insulin is the only treatment for type 1 diabetes in both kids and adults. Treatment is life-saving. ...Read more
Children eat like a horse drink like a fish and lose weight rapidly...Like 10 pounds in a week for type 1 diabetes.
Being overweight can lead to type 2 diabetes. A rash on the neck that looks like dirt and does not wash off is a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
If concerned see your doctor as it is easily determined by a blood test. ...Read more
Many: Some are classic but not all are classic. One typically begins to have the three "p's". Polyuria-excessive urination, polydipsia-excessive thirst and polyphagia-excessive hunger. Weight loss is then present due to the sugar in the blood and filtering of this concentrated sugar in the urine pulling water out of the body. One may itch, have vision changes, feel fatigued and many more. ...Read more