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!