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:
Family history: parents or siblings with type 1 diabetes increases the risk of developing the condition.
Genetic: the presence of certain genes indicates an increased risk of type 1 diabetes.
Race: type 1 diabetes is more common among non-Hispanic white children than among other races.
Viruses: exposure to certain viruses may trigger the autoimmune destruction of the islet cells.
Diet: early intake of cow’s milk has been linked to an increased risk of type 1 diabetes, while breast-feeding might lower the risk. The timing of the introduction of cereal into a baby’s diet also may affect a child’s risk of type 1 diabetes.
Signs & Symptoms:
If you notice the following type 1 diabetes symptoms in your child, you should consult a doctor:
Increased thirst and frequent urination.
Unexplained weight loss.
Irritability or a sudden decline in school performance.
Girls may develop genital yeast infections. Babies can develop serious diaper rashes that don’t go away.