Taking Care Of Children With Diabetes
Just because children are seen as small and vulnerable, doesn’t mean that they are more likely to suffer than adults when it comes to dealing with such a tedious disorder such as diabetes. The fact, as some cases have proved is that children with diabetes can sometimes be more resilient than adults.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of the disease afflicting 90% of children who have been diagnosed before puberty. Classified as an autoimmune system, the body’s immune system particularly attacks the insulin producing cells that are found in the pancreas. There are fewer children with diabetes than there are children with other types of disorders, but it has been medically observed that the incidence of children with diabetes has risen dramatically in the last 30 years. Even so-called adult-onset diabetes, otherwise known as type 2 diabetes has emerged among younger people. While obesity and bad eating habits has been identified as the possible culprit among children with diabetes that is type 2, there is still no identifiable cause for the increasing incidences for type 1.
Type 1 diabetic kids
For parents who are faced with the challenge of raising children with diabetes and asking for answers, the question as to why is still not conclusive; similar to adults, childhood diabetes may have been influenced with genetics and environmental catalysts although generally, type 1 diabetic kids do not have a history of diabetes. Parents who are on the look-out for initial symptoms of childhood diabetes should look for the following signs; their kids are constantly thirsty, suffer from unexplainable weight loss, are always tired and urinate frequently. Other symptoms that children with diabetes may exhibit include stomach pains, frequent headaches and even sudden mood changes.
Teaching their own small kids
There are some instances wherein diabetic acidosis is discovered before diabetes is actually diagnosed. Children’s doctors should be alerted when such symptoms refuse to go away even after a long time. When it is finally confirmed that diabetes is indeed present, parents should consult with their health care practitioner on the best way to deal with the condition. The condition of children with diabetes is so specialized that sometimes management of the disease is done through a group particularly for diabetes exclusively rather than a single physician. The best part about this is that collectively, there are more numerous resources that parents can draw from for help. Children who meet other kids in the same condition during the course of their treatment will feel less withdrawn and negative about their condition. As parents of children with diabetes the challenging part is in involving yourself in the learning process as well. For most adults who can never conceive the idea of injecting a needle into their own bodies, teaching their own small kids certainly takes every reserve of physical and emotional strength, and yet the task must be done along with other tasks as well.
Parents of children with diabetes at least for the first 8-10 years of their children’s lives must work with their kids on perfecting the rigors of insulin routines and glucose control. But given the natural tenacity of kids and the strong bonds of family, these challenges will certainly make the family stronger and better.