Disease that haunts the lives of adults and brings so many worries and cares, also affects children unfortunately. Childhood diabetes currently affects about one million children throughout Brazil and has taken the peace of many parents. There are two types of diabetes , type I that affects more children and adolescents and type II that affects adults over 40 years of age.
Diabetes itself is a change that occurs in the functioning of the pancreas , which is responsible for the production of insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for the transformation of glucose or sugar found in the body for energy for the proper functioning of the body.
The amount of glucose or sugar that is found in the body depends on the amount of carbohydrate-rich foods that are eaten, such as bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. And the greater the intake of these foods, the greater the work of the pancreas, which with its reduced functioning will cause diabetes to become extremely high.
Parents are not always able to easily identify that their children are suffering from childhood diabetes, as the symptoms can come “masked” from other health problems. So it is good to be alert to certain symptoms and if in doubt seek immediate help from a pediatrician.
Symptoms of Childhood Diabetes I
- Weight loss
- Very thirst
- Increased visits to the bathroom to urinate
- Member’s tingling
The physical fatigue, dizziness and in some cases even fainting weakness may mean that your child is suffering from childhood diabetes. Many mothers add weakness and weight loss to their children’s poor diet and loss of appetite , and end up investigating and discovering this problem early on.
The sooner childhood diabetes is discovered and diagnosed, the better the treatment will be and the more effective it will be. Usually the diagnosis is made through blood and urine analysis after ingesting an amount of glucose, which must be performed fasting in a laboratory.
What is the Treatment for Childhood Diabetes?
Usually the treatment, mainly for type I diabetes, is through daily insulin applications , which should be administered the ideal amount for the child’s needs and control of the blood glucose level.
The control of the glucose level should be carried out through a small device that makes a small hole, almost painless at the fingertip and is able to inform immediately which level it is.
A few years ago it became law and a right guaranteed by the Federal Constitution, every diabetic patient has the right to medication and necessary equipment free of charge. It is recommended that you go to your local health center and ask for information on how to purchase your kit.
Type II diabetes, which is more rare in children, but lately the case has been increasing more and more every day. It is not necessary to administer medication for control, but a balanced diet and the control of glucose ingested through food, accompanied by physical exercises that will make your body have a better functioning.
In general, the child who has childhood diabetes can lead a normal life, with normal activities only taking care of the food and if necessary taking the medication correctly, following the doctor’s recommendations.
See also: Infant Feeding – BLW Method
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.