Signs of diabetes in babies
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world. Not only adults, but this disease can also affect babies. Here are some important things that parents should know about diabetes in babies.
Type of diabetes
Based on JDRF.org diabetic babies are usually affected by type 1 diabetes. This type is a serious autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin—which is essential to getting energy from food. It strikes suddenly—and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and the signs of this type may be easy to pinpoint in toddlers, babies, and infants. That’s because it’s very hard—particularly in the case of infants and babies—for youngsters to let their parents know that something isn’t right.
What to look for: Symptoms of pediatric diabetes in babies and toddlers
Although diabetes in babies is difficult to pinpoint, below are some other potential signs of pediatric diabetes that collect from JDRF.org:
This could be a sign that your child’s body isn’t able to turn the sugar in the bloodstream into energy.
Intense hunger and unexplained weight loss:
If your kid’s muscles and organs aren’t receiving enough energy, it can trigger extreme hunger. And sudden weight loss—especially if he or she is eating more—could also be a major warning sign.
High blood-glucose levels could lead to blurred vision or other eyesight issues. Unfortunately at a very young age, your son or daughter may not yet be able to articulate this.
This type of infection can be one of the signs of diabetes in babies—but it may present itself as a diaper rash caused by excessive yeast.
Fruity smelling breath or sugar in urine:
This is a sign that your kid’s body is attempting to excrete sugar that it can’t get into its cells.
If your son or daughter suddenly becomes irritable, restless, or moody it may be cause for concern, particularly if this coincides with other symptoms.
Immediately see a doctor at the nearest hospital when you find these symptoms in your little one. If the doctor suspects diabetes, the doctor will perform a series of tests including blood tests to determine the cause of the symptoms.