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Diabetes Symptoms in Your Child

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The onset of diabetes symptoms is usually abrupt since the early development of these signs sometimes goes unnoticed. You can get diabetes at any age but it is less common in children than in adults. Heredity is a factor in some cases.

A child’s parents will need guidance to spot these symptoms and must immediately confer with the doctor. Diabetes symptoms often go unrecognized because when a child is drinking more, of course he is urinating more. Children with diabetes void large amounts of clear urine. A normal child may also be drinking more at times and will be urinating more as well, but voids in frequent, smaller amounts.

Diabetes Symptoms Progressing in Your Child

As the disease progresses, you will notice a gradual weight loss without apparent reason. The child will complain of always being hungry. The child’s nutrition is affected because of drinking more. The child eats but doesn’t get sufficient food to meet his growing needs. The child may become pale and listless. Tiredness will often be evident in the child’s behavior. He will lose interest easily while playing.

These diabetes symptoms can contribute to a lack of physical and mental awareness. The child may be very irritable and cranky. School work and home activities could be affected. A child’s personality changes are an essential way in uncovering signs that sometimes indicate diabetes.

Another indication for concern is a dry, itchy skin. Also a child with diabetes will often have a tendency to develop skin infections. These frequent occurring lesions are slow to heal or respond to treatment. Older children are often over weight when they develop diabetes symptoms. They may also complain of blurry and difficult vision. A dark rash may appear on their neck as well as some tingling in their feet.

Diabetes Symptoms and Types of Diabetes in Your Child

There are two types of diabetes. The diabetes symptoms are the same in each type. The first is Type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes. This is also known as juvenile diabetes. The body doesn’t manufacture insulin so the child must take insulin. The other is Type 2 or non insulin dependent. This kind can be developed in childhood as well. The body cells (fat, muscle and liver) don’t use insulin properly. In time the liver loses the ability to secrete enough insulin to help utilize the food intake.

Diabetes Symptoms and Diagnosing Your Child

A visit to the doctor will confirm the presence of ketones and sugar in the urine. Sugar will also be elevated in the blood. The sugar in the body isn’t able to be stored, burned off and changed to fat. The fat supplies energy to the body and this explains why a child has questionable symptoms when the body isn’t working properly. The physical exam at the doctors, plus the physical and personality changes in your child, indicate diabetes symptoms.

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