How parents can recognize diabetes in their child early / Type 1 diabetes often develops in infancy / What warning signs parents should watch out for

Baierbrunn (ots) – Diabetes in young children? Don’t you get diabetes only when you get older? “A lot of people still believe that,” says the pediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist. Thomas Kapellen, chief physician of the Median Children’s Hospital in Naumburg. “But diabetes can develop as early as crawling age.” In the pharmacy magazine “Baby und Familie” parents can find out which warning signs they should watch out for.

Warning: the symptoms seem harmless

Unlike type 2 diabetes, also known as “adult diabetes”, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes blood sugar levels to become unbalanced in children and adolescents. The immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Without The body cannot inject insulin from food glucose into the cells and use it as an energy source – so blood sugar rises.

Parents should pay attention to four warning signs: children drink heavily, have to go to the bathroom all the time or always have full diapers, are limp, tired and losing weight even though they are eating normally. That doesn’t sound so dramatic – but that’s exactly the problem, warns expert Kapellen. Because if type 1 diabetes goes undetected and untreated, hyperglycemia could quickly derail the metabolism, especially in young children.

In case of suspicion, immediately go to the pediatrician

If parents notice symptoms indicating diabetes, they should go immediately to the pediatrician’s office, where the suspicion can be verified with a simple urine sample and supported by a blood test. Because untreated type 1 diabetes can quickly turn into a life-threatening emergency. Thomas Kapellen thinks attentive parents are the most likely to notice changes in their child. “So don’t hesitate to see the doctor,” he encourages her. The motto applies: Better to act too worried than too careless.

This report is only free for publication with reference to the source. The pharmaceutical magazine “Baby und Familie” 4/2022 is currently available in most pharmacies. You will also find lots of relevant health information at baby-und-familie.de (https://www.apotheken-umschau.de/hefte/baby-und-familie) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook .com/babyundfamilie.de/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/babyundfamilie/).

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