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6 Signs That Your Child May Have Diabetes

Diabetes By Tavishi Dogra , Onlymyhealth editorial team / May 28, 2018
6 Signs That Your Child May Have Diabetes

Although India ranks among top 3 countries with diabetic population, yet when your kid is diagnosed with the condition, it can come as a shock for you. Here is how to tell if your kid as diabetes too.

Coming under the top 3 countries with the diabetic population, India is one of them now. But what a parent will feel if their child is diagnosed is with it (diabetes)? It would be a shock to you, especially, when there is no history of diabetes in your family.

You may know that there are two types of diabetes:

  • type I
  • type II

Here’s a brief look at what they mean. 

Type 1 diabetes in children 

It is a condition where your kid’s pancreas no longer produces insulin, which is needed to effectively utilize sugar or glucose. 

Type 2 diabetes

It was earlier considered as an adults-only condition! But now, it is becoming more common in kids and toddlers. in this situation, the body produces insulin but it doesn’t utilize insulin to metabolize sugar. So, how to identify if your kid has diabetes?

If your child has diabetes, then he/she may experience constant thirst. As a result, your child will make frequent visits to the washroom. Here's another sign of diabetes that may notice, and it is sudden and rapid weight loss. Your infant may also feel constantly tired or sluggish.

Also Read: What Parents Should Know about Diabetes in Obese Children

If you notice that your child has several of the symptoms listed below, you should take him/her to a doctor.

Unquenchable Thirst

If your child has diabetes, he/she may experience constant thirst. This happens because the fluid is pulled from the body tissues due to rise in blood glucose level. Your kid may also crave for sweet orcold drinks more than usual.

Frequent Urination

As a result ofdrinking fluids frequently due to excessive thirst, your child will make frequent visits to the washroom, after all, what goes in must also come out. So, if you notice that your child is taking an unusual number of bathroom breaks, don’t ignore it, as it could bea sign of high sugar levels.

Weight Loss

In type 1 diabetes, the body stops producing insulin and thebody can’t breakdown sugar to generate energy, thus, it may result in loss of muscle mass and fat. If you notice your child is experiencing sudden and rapid weight loss, it may be yet another  sign that he/she has diabetes.

Lack of Energy

Does your child feel constantly tired or sluggish? Well, it could be because his/her body is not able to convert  sugar form the bloodstream into energy that his/her muscles and organs can use.

Extreme Hunger

Also Read: Does your child have diabetes? Here is how you can help him overcome it

It is obvious to feel hungry when you are deprived of energy due to low insulin levels. Your child may experience feeling of intense hunger and it is one of the common signs of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA can happen to any child with undiagnosed diabetes and is a medical emergency. As the body stops producing insulin for breaking down glucose, it starts to burn fat for energy instead resulting in build-up of acidic by-products called ketones.

Yeast Infections

  • Girls with type 1 diabetes are at risk of developing yeast infections frequently. A yeast infection in a baby or toddler may show up as abad diaper rash.
  • Look out for these signs to identify if your child has diabetes. Afterall, nothing matters to parents then the health of their children. Being watchful of even the simplest signs and symptoms can help you save your kid from a bunch of health problems including complications caused by diabetes.

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