Childrens doctor -Dr. Sarah Grossman- Gastonia PediatricianChildren’s doctors on type 1 diabetes and what causes it

Diabetes might not be something you’d expect your children’s doctor to warn you about. We think of it as a disease that strikes adults. But Type 1 diabetes is different from that form of diabetes. Its origin is a mystery, but does not spring from obesity or failure to exercise. As best anyone can tell, it’s an immune disorder in which the immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin.

There are ways your children’s doctor can tell if a child is at greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes. If you, your spouse or one of your other children has it, other children are at greater risk.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes

The less severe symptoms include increased thirst and frequent peeing. Your child’s body is reacting toexcess sugar in the blood by demanding and using more water. A more extreme symptom is blurry vision caused by loss of fluid in the eyes. Your child may also become extremely hungry, tired or angry, and may also suffer a decline in grades. In the case of girls, yeast infections may occur.

Children’s doctors say children often lose weight during Type 1 diabetes, even if they’re eating more than usual, because their bodies have started burning fats. One way to check for this is to smell your child’s breath and see if it has a fruity odor. Make an appointment with your children’s doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. If it is a case of type 1 diabetes, your doctor will refer you to a specialist.

Dealing with type 1 diabetes

If your child does have type 1 diabetes, children’s doctors recommend you learn how to manage the condition and help your child learn to manage it. This means learning how to perform blood sugar tests and scheduling these tests in such a way that they happen at least four times a day. You will also need to learn how to administer insulin treatments on a regular basis.

This also means concentrating on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen and making regular appointments with a specialist, as well as regular eye exams. Type 1 diabetes can be managed effectively.

A children’s clinic in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a children’s clinic conveniently located west of Charlotte.It’s one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia, NC area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a children’s doctor, call today.