Does anybody know the early signs of diabetes in toddlers? My daughter is 3.Any information !! Help!?

(April 15, 2010)

Diabetes is a common illness suffered by numerous people. It is no surprise that diabetes affects toddlers as well, and there are a number of ways in which parents can assist their children in coping with their condition of juvenile diabetes. There are a number of indicators that point to a toddler having developed a condition of juvenile diabetes. Apart from the regular symptoms of nausea, vomiting and difficulty experienced in breathing, there are other conditions that a diabetic child may experience.

In increased frequency in the urge to pass urine is one of the earliest tell tale signs of juvenile diabetes. The urge to pass urine is so great, that children may not have the ability to hold on till they reach a suitable washroom, and may just ‘go’ when they feel like doing so. With the increased urge to urinate comes the increase in an urge to drink water. This is but a natural phenomenon, where the body has a requirement to replace the fluids that have been lost. Although drinking plenty of water is recommended for the maintenance of good health, when accompanied by frequent urination, it could point to the existence of diabetes. The production of insulin in the body balances the gain or loss of weight. If your child eats healthily, but continues to lose weight, you may need to take him or her in for a test to rule out diabetes. An increased appetite is also a known sign for juvenile diabetes, and if there appears to be a sudden change in your toddlers eating habits, you may like to speak with your pediatrician.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce the required amounts of insulin. Because of diabetic conditions, the healing process of the body is slowed down and immunity levels are also affected. A toddler who suffers from juvenile diabetes is likely to develop a nappy rash, which will take endless amounts of time to heal. The inability of the body to heal a minor injury is one of the most well known signs of diabetes. There are many children who suffer from juvenile diabetes, and it is important for parents not to panic. Children can be helped to cope with their diabetic condition through oral medication or insulin injections, depending on the intensity of the condition. Being there for your child when he or she is diagnosed with diabetes is one of the most comforting things a toddler can experience.

Submitted by P T on April 15, 2010 at 01:28

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