Identifying Juvenile Diabetes
Are you worried that your child may have juvenile diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes can develop at any age, and it needs to be treated immediately.
If your child exhibits any combination of the following symptoms, take him or her to the doctor as soon as possible to have a blood test.
Warning Signs of Juvenile Diabetes:
- Increased thirst, dry mouth, or fruity breath.
- Frequent urination. Is your child getting up multiple times in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom?
- Sudden, unintentional weight loss. Type 1 Diabetes deprives your cells of the sugar they need for energy, so your body burns fat for energy instead. This can cause a decrease in weight. Warning: This causes ketones to build up in the blood. Ketones are acids that can poison the body. The build up of these acids changes the pH of the blood and can trigger a coma called diabetic ketoacidosis. Should this happen, your child needs immediate medical treatment.
- Increase in appetite
- Lack of energy; general drowsiness
- Skin problems: bacterial infections, fungal infections, or itching. Girls with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop genital yeast infections. Babies can develop something called candidiasis, which is a severe diaper rash that can spread from the diaper area to the thighs and stomach.
- Numbing or tingling in the hands or feet.
- Blurred vision
- In severe cases, your child could lose consciousness or become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar).