How to Know if Your Child Has Diabetes

Child Diabetes and Insulin


Juvenile diabetes, when it progresses in childhood, ought to be easy to recognize. Most often it starts with the classical symptoms. Where it is not quickly recognized, the error normally lies with the parents who are either incognizant of medical developments or who could not emotionally acceptance the conditions of the child.

Bed-wetting is generally the first clue to diabetes in a child. Regrettably, many parents only regard this as a behavior disorder which they often punish. The second clue is an insatiable thirst which cannot be quenched even with great quantities of soda pop, water and other fluids.  Then comes utmost hunger and weight loss. Growing children should be hungry. But when their normal hunger is escalated, and they lose rather than gain weight, the hunger may be induced by diabetes instead of the demands of growth.

By this time, with bed-wetting, hunger, thirst, and weight loss, the parents must certainly be mindful that something is wrong with the kid and that a prompt consultation with the doctor is essential. Altogether, too many kids are not acknowledged as diabetic till the disease has gone so severe that the young victims are in diabetic coma and require to be hospitalized.

Juvenile diabetics typically have a hard and complicated problem. The younger the case, the greater and more fastidious is the care necessary to control the ailment.

Episodes of ketosis and coma are more frequent and more sudden in kids because of their lower carbohydrate reserves. And, due to the inexorable requirements of growth, children can't accept food reduction as a treatment. For them, insulin is imperative.

Diabetic youngsters occasionally show a temporary subsidence of symptoms after the early stages of therapy. This might last for many months. But the need for insulin invariably comes back and, with the rare exceptions where a change to an oral drug is possible, stays permanent.

As the diabetic child matures and arrives at adolescence, emotional disturbances linked to the disease are often expected to arise. Various things are involved here—the tyranny of daily insulin injections, the demand to eat at rigidly fixed times, the limitations against candy and other sweets which their non-diabetic friends are free to savor, anxiety regarding too much physical activity (which could bring on insulin shock) or too little (which might bring on diabetic coma).

These and other elements arising out of his "difference" from other children—if they're emphasized—may add up to the tensions and stress of the diabetic child. This, in turn, may stir up the basic imbalance of the disease and increase its severity.

As treatment of the disease betters, and enlightenment and understanding grows, numerous juvenile diabetics turn to adult men and women, carry on active and productive lives, marry and rear families. Quantify this against the days before insulin when the juvenile diabetic was destined to die within two years after the onslaught of the disease.