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KIDS DIABETES: SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR
18 February 2020
What comes to your mind when you hear the word diabetes? Sugar and adults. Well, you'll be surprised to know that Diabetes is affecting children around the world.
It’s a condition where a child has high blood sugar and the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the insulin produced doesn’t work in the body like it should (type 2 diabetes).
Most parents are not aware of symptoms of diabetes in their children. The signs develop quickly- typically over a period of weeks. Here are the first signs of diabetes in children:
INCREASED THIRST AND URINATION
Excess blood sugar levels pull fluid from the tissues which leave the child very thirsty. This results in increased consumption of water and frequent urination.
When insulin levels are low, the energy levels deplete, which means your child needs more food for growth and development making the child hungry.
Due to irregular insulin levels in the body, muscle tissues and fats begin breaking down fast. This leads to rapid weight loss in children, even if they are consuming more food than ever.
Your child may experience loss of energy and may seem tired. If tiredness lasts for a longer than usual in an otherwise active kid, it is a cause for concern.
If the blood sugar is too high, it causes the eyes to swell. It also results in leakage of fluids from the retina or eye lens. This creates a hazy or blurred vision.
THE ROLE OF PARENTS
Parents have a crucial role to play if their child is diabetic. It requires special attention to the kid’s diet and lifestyle.
Here are some of the precautions that parents can take:
- Regular check-up of the blood sugar levels
- Type-1 diabetes involves doses of regular insulin shots to keep the blood sugar normal
- A healthy diet and a well-planned fitness regime to keep the child fit and hearty
Remember, diabetes in kids is caused majorly due to environmental or genetic factors. Thanks to advancement and treatment options, diabetic children can lead a long and healthy life.