Type 1 diabetes is also known as Juvenile diabetes. This is just a type of diabetes as well and can prove fatal if left neglected as well. The signs and symptoms are very subtle causing it to be referred to as a silent killer. I like calling it a thief in the night; no one knows its evil designs, when it will strike and what damage or harm it can do. Very characteristic of a thief, who never fails to leave his or her mark. The pancreas is put on the spot once again as the body accuses it for the chaos it is going through.
The beta cells located in the pancreas undergo destruction and can no longer produce the insulin, a hormone so vital for the conversion of glucose into energy. Juvenile diabetes attacks the age group of thirty and below. The onset of Juvenile diabetes begins in childhood hence the name. In this case the patient is insulin dependant; recent research proves that this is an auto immune disorder. Neglect can lead to severe damage of the kidneys, heart, eyes and nerves. Amputations and gangrene are also possibilities. Coma and death are very much in the offing as well.
Sign that need to be taken heed of are as follows, bedwetting especially if the child never did before, blurry vision, chronic fatigue, vomiting and nausea, frequent urination, excessive thirst, increased appetite, unexplained weight loss and irritability. Children complain of abdominal pain, you need to take heed of that. Girls suffer vaginal and yeast infections, a display of flu like symptoms should not be overlooked, in acute cases there may be rapid deep breathing, a fruity odor on the child’s breath or they may lose consciousness. Children with Type 1 diabetes may have trouble at school, they are restless and apathetic. Diabetic coma is generally the first sign of Type 1 diabetes.
Often children cannot express themselves as they ought to. Their complaints should not be overlooked or it may be too late. Give them your attention when the complain repeatedly. The toddlers and the infants will have a persistent nappy rash despite medication. A child may complain of a dry throat and mouth, do not brush it off by saying “go drink some water”. If you notice that your child is very irritable and has changed behavior wise then wise up. If you notice two or more symptoms in your child on a regular basis then take him or her to the doctor. A stitch in time saves nine, yes that’s right.
Juvenile diabetes is a chronic health issue for children. It is also hereditary as well as believed that environmental factors cause the beta cells to be attacked by the body. As of now the only ways to keep Juvenile diabetes in check is the use of insulin injections or pills, the blood sugar level needs to be checked on a daily basis. Diet and exercise go hand in hand and are very effective in the treatment of diabetes. Immediate attention needs to be given medically keeping in mind that your child is helpless and needs you to make the first move.
Your child’s security lies in your security. Take care!