Diabetes in children is a condition in which the child's pancreas no longer produces the insulin that the child needs to survive, and it will be required to replace the missing insulin. The various symptoms are:
• Unexplained weight loss
• Hungry or thirsty, even after eating
• Dry mouth
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Heavy breathing
• Slow healing of sores or cuts
• Itchy skin
• Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
HOW IS DIABETES IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
Paediatricians may conduct a thorough physical examination and also evaluate the child’s health history and the family history. Confirmation of diabetes in children is done through a blood test for checking the random blood sugar levels and the A1C test
HOW IS DIABETES IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Once the diabetes is confirmed the doctor will suggest lifestyle changes and dietary modifications. He may suggest she take a medication called metformin. In certain cases, the child might have to take insulin injections to manage the disease. The child’s blood sugar levels need to be checked every 3 months.
DID YOU KNOW?
Healthy eating and weight loss will also become imperative.