Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world. A chronic, lifelong disease, that can occur in both children and adults, and for which there is as of yet no cure but many different methods of treatment. Childhood diabetes can be especially rough as it means that a young child has to deal with it and can be a very hard condition to live with.
As with adult diabetes, the cause of childhood diabetes is not fully understood, it is believed that the most likely explanation is that it probably involves a combination of genes and environmental triggers.
There are a number of different symptoms that are common for children to experience when they develop the disease, including excessive thirst and hunger, weight loss, tiredness, and more frequent urination. Stomach aches, headaches, and behavioral problems are also very common childhood diabetes symptoms.
Although for the most part the basics, including the symptoms of childhood diabetes tend to be the same as adult diabetes, the methods of treatment tend to vary quite greatly. The specialized nature of managing this type of diabetes means that most children are cared for by the hospital rather than by their general practitioner and most children who suffer from the condition require insulin treatment. This means that the child is going to need an individual insulin routine, of which will have to be specially prepared and planned for their particular condition. For the most part very small children do not require an injection at night, and an increasing number of older children decide to use continuous insulin pumps.
Diet is a very important part of any diabetes treatment, whether in children or not, and it is important that your child eats a healthy balanced diet and that they learn how their body responds to eating and take insulin properly.
If you have kids that are living with childhood diabetes it can be extremely difficult, not only for the child but for you the parent as well. There is nothing worse than having to watch your child feel ill and suffer, and feel as though there is nothing that you can do about it. As long as you put time and care into their condition and work together with their family doctor to find the best possible treatment for them, then you are really doing all you can and will be helping your child as much as possible.