Children who suffer from diabetes usually have type 1 diabetes, also called paediatric type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes among children may require long term care and management.
The risk of getting type 1 diabetes is higher if the following factors are present:
If you notice the following type 1 diabetes symptoms in your child, you should consult a doctor:
At Medcare, you can get specialist advice and a type 1 diabetes diagnosis for your child. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is confirmed by a blood test. A fasting blood sugar test or a random one will be suggested by the doctor. The A1C test will also be prescribed, to know the child’s average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.
The doctor may also suggest certain additional tests to distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These tests are blood tests to check for certain antibodies, and urine tests.
Consult a paediatrician at Medcare to get the best type 1 diabetes treatment for your child.
If your child is diagnosed as having type 1 diabetes, you will be working closely with the specialists and other experts such as dieticians, to keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
Type 1 diabetes requires lifelong treatment. Blood sugar monitoring, diet, medications and a fitness routine are all extremely important.
A: Low blood sugar is an emergency for children with type 1 diabetes. Watch out for these symptoms and get immediate medical help.
A: Your child needs more fruit, vegetables and grains, and less fatty and sugary food in a type 1 diabetes diet. It’s best if the entire family adopts a healthier diet. You can give your child some sugary foods, but you will need to monitor sugar levels more carefully. Encourage your child to tell you what she or he has consumed.
Some kids will hide this for fear of upsetting the parents, and this can be dangerous. Offer tastier options that are also healthy at home, so you can balance the urge to eat sugary foods outside.
A: Yes, exercise is good for your child, but will need some planning. Exercise and fitness will help your child to manage her diabetes all her life, so you should encourage her, but you will need to monitor blood sugar levels.
Discuss with your doctor and create a fitness routine and medication plan for her. If she will be training with an instructor, inform the instructor how to recognize low or high blood sugar symptoms.