Diabetes in Children Symptoms
Diabetes in children symptoms are easy to detect, so that diabetes can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. There are a staggering number of over 30 American children that are diagnosed with diabetes every day.
While studies show in Australia in 2008, it is estimated that over 5,700 children aged 0-14 years had Type 1 diabetes in Australia. The prevalence rate increased with age and varied by state and territory. Assuming that new cases of Type 1 diabetes in 0-14 year old children continue increasing at the rate observed between 2000 and 2008, it is estimated that the prevalence rate will increase by 10% between 2008 and 2013. This information is staggering with 275 new cases of diabetes being diagnosed daily in Australia.
Diabetes in Children Symptoms to be aware of:
One of the first symptoms of diabetes in your child would be frequent urination. Wetting the bed can also be a sign that a child is being affected by diabetes.
Due to the fact that there is a great loss of fluids during urination, the child will constantly be thirsty.
Don’t dismiss moodiness and irritability as just rebellious child, because as blood sugar rises and dips, mood is directly affected.
Eating more and weight loss should be an indication that your child has some health issues that need to be addressed immediately. A child will always feel hungry because of insulin deficiency. In spite of this excessive appetite, a child will lose weight because of the large amounts of glucose (blood sugar); that is unable to be converted into much needed energy. In turn, the muscle and fat breakdown is severe and a tell tail sign of juvenile diabetes, also known as type 1 diabetes. Young girls that are plagued with constant yeast infections should also be checked for type 1 diabetes.
Excessive high blood sugar levels will cause vital fluids to be depleted from the eyes. If left unattended, fragile blood vessels in the retina can be damaged and affect the vision of the child in the form of blurriness and an inability to focus clearly. Also, if blood sugar levels are extremely elevated, there could be either a tingling sensation or a total loss of feeling in the feet.
Children with unusually high blood sugar will have a sweet smelling breath. This symptom of diabetes in children is also a sign of ketoacidosis (a dangerous complication associated with juvenile diabetes).
If your child has any of the above symptoms, including feeling tired all the time, take them to the doctors immediately, if a glucose reading (even after your child has had food) is greater than 200 mg/dl, a diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed. It is not unusual that your baby will be sent directly to the hospital to have their blood sugar levels stabilized, and to begin educating you and your child.
Diabetes in children symptoms is serious and should not be taken lightly, consult your doctor immediately to confirm diagnosis.