According to Diabetes.com, Diabetes has become increasingly easier to manage through the years, but if left untreated or undiscovered, it is deadly. Based on further research by Diabetes.com, this disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. And while less than one percent of children and teenagers have diabetes, those numbers are on the rise. Know these symptoms to spot them in your child before it’s too late.
1. Blurry vision
As possible as it seems that your child needs glasses, but this could also indicate diabetes. Sugar pulls the lenses’ fluid away from the eye, which makes focusing difficult.
2. Frequent peeing
Since your child is drinking so much, naturally bathroom trips will become more frequent.
3. Abnormal thirst
Diabetes makes sugar build up in your bloodstream, which in turn pulls fluid from the tissues, according to Mayo Clinic. Noticing an extremely thirsty child is one of the easiest symptoms to spot.
If your child is suddenly grumpier, it could mean they have undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. (Obviously, many other things besides diabetes can make your child suddenly moody, so consult a doctor before you assume it’s diabetes.)
5. Intense hunger
Your child’s diabetic body is crying for energy, because without enough insulin, the sugar is not moving through to the cells. Because of this, your child will be hungry – even after eating.