Type 1 Diabetes :: Signs and Symptoms in Children


As the daughter of someone with Type 1 Diabetes, I grew up learning a lot about the disease. But, I’ve learned others aren’t as familiar with the disease.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn a bit about it.

Many moms are familiar with gestational diabetes, but we might not be as familiar with juvenile diabetes and how it could impact our kids.

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It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.

A fellow cookier shared that her son was recently diagnosed. She knew the symptoms to look for thanks to Kisses for Kycie Foundation.

Diabetes left undetected is dangerous. Without that knowledge, our kids are at risk. As moms, we want to make sure our children are healthy, so it’s helpful to know the signs. We need to be able to spot when something is wrong. And diabetes symptoms can be difficult to spot early . . . unless you know what to look for.

Type 1 Diabetes :: Signs and Symptoms in Children | ABQ Mom

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is needed to process the sugars in your body and create energy. It is not the same as Type 2 diabetes.

Juvenile diabetes is most often diagnosed in 4 – 7 and 10 – 14 year olds.

So, here are the important signs to be aware of. Common symptoms in children are:

  • excessive thirst/frequent bathroom trips
  • fatigue
  • fruity-smelling breath
  • extreme hunger/unexplained weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms, call your child’s doctor. You want to schedule an appointment right away because untreated diabetes can be dangerous.

Doctor Stethoscopes

But the good news is Type 1 Diabetes is manageable. And if your child is diagnosed, there are resources to help keep him or her healthy.

There’s a lot happening in diabetes research such as new technology, diabetic alert dogs, and transplants. Researchers are working hard.

And the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has resources.

With some adjustments, people with diabetes live amazing and full lives.

You can join the fight against Type 1 diabetes.

Together we can work for better lives for people living with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes :: Signs and Symptoms in Children

Originally published October 2020.

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