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Diabetic Challenges In Children

It is a fact that having a child suffering from diabetes can pose new challenges and worries. It can be very stressful for parents and the child, and that it will seem that this is a death sentence to your child. However, children with diabetes can still live a full and normal life. With proper management, living with diabetes can be easy and normal.

Having an infant or toddler diagnosed with diabetes can be very frightening. They don’t know anything about the disease and it can really be challenging for parents to manage and treat the disease as the child have no way of communicating what they are feeling.

The same situation goes for preschoolers with diabetes. They in fact haven’t learned to recognize the symptoms of having low blood glucose level and it is not possible for them to tell others when they are feeling low. This is why it is very important to constantly check the blood glucose level of your child as often as possible.

However, you need to understand that the child may be frightened by lancets poking their fingers and regular insulin shots. You should expect that they will try anything in order to avoid it or at least try to delay it from getting them. It will help if the parents talk to the child and tell them that they know it hurts and also tell the children that they are being very brave. Stickers and rewards will prove to be helpful in encouraging the child to get the insulin shot or get pricked by the lancets for drawing blood for sample. Instead of scolding or threatening them with punishment, always use positive reinforcements.

However, it must be remebered that using food as rewards may sometimes develop an unhealthy relationship with food.

You also need to keep in mind that children with diabetes can have the same fussy eating habits as other children who are not suffering from the disease. It is best not to force the child to eat the certain food you are offering them. Instead, try offering them a different kind of food, which is also good for their diabetic diet. You can also offer them juice or milk instead if they really don’t want to eat.

During school age, your children will start wanting to be like their peers. Most of the time it wil be difficult for them to understand why they are different from other children as there is a need for them to take insulin and have to follow a certain meal plan. Usually, the best way to handle this kind of situation depends entirely on the personality of your child.

Some children wants to show off to their classmates about their condition, such as they try to check their blood glucose level themselves and even try giving themselves an insulin injection for show and tell. Some older children with diabetes even presented the disease as science projects. However, you need to keep in mind that there are children that will not want to bring the disease they are suffering from on center stage.

They prefer to keep quiet about it and it is important for you to let your children decide who to tell about their disease and how much to tell. However, it is important to tell teachers, coaches, family, and close friends about it in order for them to understand what your child is going through.

These are the challenges that you should expect when living with children with diabetes. It can be very challenging and depressing at first but after a while, you will see that you and your child will be able to adjust and live a normal and full life.

The Link Between The Juvenile Diabetic And Obesity

diabetes in children

It use to be quite unusual for children to contract childhood diabetes, which use to be known as adult onset diabetes.  At that time it was more common for them to contract type 1 diabetes, which was known as juvenile diabetes.  As you can see, the names of the diseases suggested the age of the person who contracted them.  However, this is no longer valid and thus the change in names.

Understanding Childhood Diabetes

Childhood diabetes is being seen more and more often in today’s overweight children.  The best treatment for this type of diabetes is simply a planned diet that includes regular exercise.  As such, it is not always necessary to have insulin replacement therapy, whereby a person injects insulin into their body depending upon their blood sugar levels.  However, researchers believe that with childhood diabetes more complications can occur that with children who have type 1 diabetes.

Symptoms Of Childhood Diabetes

In the early stages of childhood diabetes the body becomes resistant to insulin.  This means that while the body is still producing insulin, this insulin is either ineffective in reducing blood sugar levels or there is not enough of it being produced to support the body’s needs.  It is important to understand that insulin is the hormone that controls the level of sugar in your blood by converting glucose into the energy that your body needs to function and to reduce the glucose in your blood.  If your glucose level cannot be reduced, then you are at risk of having complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, limb amputation and blindness.

Treating Childhood Diabetes

Treatment for childhood diabetes should include regular exercise and a healthy diet.  This should greatly reduce the risk of health complications.  The diet should be a well balanced one that is low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.  It should be high in fiber, including a lot of vegetables and fruit.  On the other hand, such foods as pasta, bread and cereals should be spread out throughout the day in order to prevent spikes in blood sugar levels after eating.

As you can see, the 2 primary aims of a diet and exercise plan are to control the level of sugar in the blood and to help the patient to lose weight.  If a patient can follow the plan diligently then these goals can be met.  Of course, early diagnosis also plays a great role here as well.