A diabetic adult suffers from various health complications that include damage to large and small blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, and problems with the kidneys, eyes, feet and nerves. So, when a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the situation becomes precariously critical.

Symptoms of diabetes to watch out for in children:

  • Abnormal weight gain or loss
  • Increase in thirst and frequency of urination
  • Increase in fatigue
  • Irritability or behavioural changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Slow healing of wounds

If you suspect your child has diabetes, your paediatrician will:

  1. Perform blood test to confirm the diagnosis
  2. Start necessary treatment depending on the type
  3. Provide education about living with diabetes and lifestyle modification
  4. Along with the help of a dietitian provide nutrition advice
  5. Schedule periodic visits to screen for various health complications
  6. Help you and your child navigate and cope with having a chronic illness