Captivating Storybooks Introducing Children to the Wonders of Modern Medicine
by Fei | November 19, 2018
Knowing that your child has been diagnosed with Diabetes is overwhelming. You’d have to face a journey where your child needs to learn and live with injections, blood sugar monitoring and low carbohydrate diet / count. It’s not easy but it’s something that we, parents of T1D kids have to face.
Causes of T1D in Children
The real culprit in causing Type 1 diabetes is unknown. Though based on studies, one reason is when the child’s immune system attacks and destroys the body’s insulin-producing cells located in the pancreas. Studies show that genes and other environmental factors do play a huge role in this event.
Insulin is vital to all of us as it performs one of the most critical jobs there in our body. It moves sugar or what we know as glucose from our bloodstream to our body's cells thus making it useful. Once the insulin-producing cells are no longer working or are destroyed, then your child will no longer produce insulin or will just make a minimal amount and that will result in glucose build up. Too much glucose in your child’s bloodstream can cause life-threatening complications.
Symptoms To Watch Out For: The signs and symptoms of T1D Diabetes include:
(disclaimer: always consult your doctor. These signs and symptoms are results of my further research)
- Since insulin is not present or is very minimal, less or no glucose goes into your child’s cells thus triggering the brain that it needs to fuel up hence the feeling of extreme hunger.
- Without glucose in our cells, your child's cells might make him or her tired and lethargic. No energy to play or even study.
Yeast infection for Girls
- T1D in girls can cause genital yeast infections. Babies too can develop extreme diaper rashes caused by yeast.
Increased thirst / Frequent urination
- Too much sugar in your child’s bloodstream will pull fluid from the tissues and this will result in extreme thirst. You’d notice that your child will drink more than usual and will also result in frequent urination.
- T1D can cause mood alterations. Your child, at an early age can suddenly be moody and irritable.
- When blood sugar is too high, the needed fluid will be pulled from the lenses of the eyes and this will cause poor focus and blurred vision.
Sudden Weight loss
- Despite being hungry more, your child may seem to start losing more weight than usual. This is actually the first thing to be noticed from T1D patients.
Treatment for Type 1 diabetes in children is a long process as it will include monitoring your child’s blood sugar, insulin therapy, a healthy diet and of course exercise. As your child grows, he’ll be able to learn this and make it a habit.
Information and familiarity is important and we’re fortunate to have resources handy such as medical books for children that will help us explain what diabetes is and how we can treat it. Remember, diabetes is a battle that we can overcome – together.