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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Understanding Type 1 Diabetes in Children

If you suspect your child has diabetes, it may feel overwhelming. With November being National Diabetes Month, it may be a good time to learn about the things you can do as a parent to help spot the symptoms and manage the disease. It may mean making some lifestyle changes, but keep in mind, you’re not alone in this journey and there are resources to help.

There is currently no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes) and there is no cure, which makes it crucial that parents are aware of the symptoms in order to help their child manage the disease. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common with the rise in obesity. However the treatments for these conditions can be different, so it’s important for your child to be diagnosed properly.

Diabetes symptoms can appear quickly. Consult with your child’s doctor if you notice the following:

  • Your child seems to be drinking too much.
  • Your child has frequent urination.
  • Sudden bed-wetting occurs that’s out of the norm.
  • Your child has unintended weight loss.
  • Your child is especially irritable or other unexpected mood changes.
  • Your child’s vision becomes blurred.
  • Your child is constantly fatigued or feels weak.

Diabetes doesn’t define or limit your child; it is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations to help him or her thrive. Here are some tips to help:

  • Follow the insulin prescription.
  • Ensure your child eats a balanced diet.
  • Monitor your child’s blood sugar levels.
  • Encourage physical activity.

If your child has diabetes, learning about the disease is an important first step to help them better manage it. While there are many great resources for parents, always follow your doctor’s specific recommendations.

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