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Child Diabetes Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not producing enough insulin or the body cells do not respond properly which results in an elevated blood sugar level. .

Diabetes is known as an illness for adults. But as years goes by and as the world develops, patients who have been diagnosed with DM is getting younger and younger. Type 1 or Juvenile diabetes is the most common diabetes in children. Almost 90-95% at the age of below 16 has this type of diabetes. This is due to the failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. This type of diabetes where the immune system attacks one of the body's own organ or tissue is classified as an autoimmune disease. Here, the insulin-producing cells which are found in the pancreas are being destroyed. Child diabetes has the same symptoms as the adult have: thirst, weight loss, tiredness, and frequent urination. These symptoms tend to show on over a few weeks. Tummy pains, behavioral problems and headaches are some typical symptoms in children.


If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, he should be referred to a specialist in childhood diabetes. Insulin treatment is needed by most children with diabetes. Today, insulin that are fast acting is frequently use during day time while slow-acting insulin is taken at night. Increasing number of older children use continuous insulin pumps. Usually in the first year of diagnosing children with DM, they may need only a little amount of dosage of insulin. And this is called as the 'honeymoon period. Hypos avoidance, glucose control and insulin treatment should be done to decrease the DM complications. Diet is always a part of a treatment plan for diabetes. It is necessary that your child receives a healthy and balanced diet that is rich in fiber and carbohydrates. The parents together with the dietitian, should determine the amount of food the child must eat depending on there age and weight. Sweets are possibly given in reasonable amount together with the appropriate dose of insulin once your child is knowledgeable enough to know how her body's response to eating and taking insulin.


Monitoring levels of blood sugar - Harmonizing the glucose level in the blood is the essential factor in the control of diabetes, since low or high sugar levels can cause risks in health, specifically for kids who are growing still. Hence it is important that you together with your child must check her/his sugar levels daily and regulate her/his meals, doses and exercise according to evaluation.

Exercise-Physical activities are essential in the treatment of diabetes because it aids in decreasing blood sugar scales in the body. Since exercise is fine, you must notice that glucose levels must not immerse low down, so you must ensure that the kid has a few sugars in hand when this occurs.

Diet - a usual diabetic diet needs a reduced utilization of fats (specifically animal fats) as well as sugar and increased fiber intake, fruits and vegetables. Also, ensure that your child take her/his meals in normal intervals each day, which includes snack time.

Medication - there are diabetic treatments available which somewhat differ in the functions but helping to overcome the resistance of the body to insulin. The physician can prescribe doses and medicines depending in the condition of the child.

Role of Parents - best thing for the parents to be doing is to understand the different phases of diabetes for them to be prepared to teach their child in coping up diabetes independently.

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Type 1 or Juvenile diabetes is the most common diabetes in children. Almost 90-95% at the age of below 16 has this type of diabetes. This is...

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