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Symptoms of diabetes in children:

Diabetes affects children of all ages. Most children who develop diabetes do not have a family history of diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes could include the following:

  • Drinking and going to the bathroom more frequently than usual
  • Starting to wet the bed, even having to get up in the night
  • Lack of energy
  • feeling more tired than usual
  • feeling more thirsty
  • losing weight.

Following on from these symptoms often a child may get very sick, being weak and sleepy'


Your  doctor can do a simple  blood test to see if this is diabetes. If the test shows diabetes to stay well, a child with Type 1 diabetes will need treatment for the rest of their life.

Treatment and Management

It requires a team effort from your health care professional, family members and of course your child.

  • Ensure the child and the family learn all about diabetes,
  • Watch what is eaten, and especially make sure the child never skips a meal
  • Check sugar levels in the child's blood using a drop of blood from pricking a finger
  • Ensure prescribed insulin injections are taken
  • Make sure the child has regular exercise
  • Ensure the child have as much fun as any other kid!

We highly recommend that you visit Kids Health and Diabetics UK for outstanding information about diabetes and children/teenagers.

This information has been sourced , in part from the following sites: Diabetes UK   Canadian Diabetics Association  American Diabetes Association  Kids Health