Diabetes in the Very Young
Fortunately the same diabetes symptoms that occur in older children and adults are the ones that are present in children too young to speak or describe why they aren’t feeling well. This is why as parents we need to be vigilant about any symptom that may trigger a red flag.
If your child has an inordinate amount of wet diapers or a diaper rash that just doesn’t seem to go away with standard treatment and keeps recurring, if your child is more hungry or thirsty than usual or seems more fussy and unable to settle themselves and if they sleep more than they usually do, these could be diabetes symptoms.
By themselves they seem innocuous; however, those parents who take their child to the doctor just be on the safe side will be very thankful that they did. Your pediatrician will have your child see a pediatric endocrinologist.
There are many diabetes supplies to help manage your child’s diabetes. The most important will be the glucose monitor to help you identify when your child’s blood sugars become too high or too low. There are different types of monitors and meters so you will have to find one that works best for your child.
Your job is going to be to find that balance each day, before and after every meal. Enlist the help of a nutritionist to find meals and snacks with a low glycemic index. Together with your pediatrician and your endocrinologist, you will be formulating a team of support to help with your child’s treatments and finding new ways to incorporate these changes into your family’s new way of life.