type I diabetes is often called juvenile diabetes because of the fact that it is usually diagnosed in adolescents. Having regular checkups is definitely going to go a long way towards finding out if your child has diabetes or not, but even more important than having regular checkups is knowing the signs of juvenile diabetes. There are quite a few of them, and some of them can seem rather innocuous if you are not looking for them. They can mask themselves as symptoms of other illnesses or seem unimportant so that you may ignore them.
In this article, we will be looking at nine signs and symptoms of diabetes in children. If any of these are present in your child, then it is worth talking to your doctor and getting their blood sugar tested. Your pediatrician may not do regular blood sugar testing as part of a checkup. But they will be happy to perform a fasting test for diabetes if you’ve noticed any of these symptoms. If your child has more than one of the symptoms, then it is imperative that you get your doctor to take a look as quickly as possible, because diabetes is a lot easier to treat if it is diagnosed early.
1. Low Temperature
The first symptom that will be discussing is low body temperature. If your child has a body temperature that is below 97°F then you do want to take notice. This is one of the earliest signs of childhood diabetes. The reason that this happens is that insulin helps to heat up the body.
People who have depleted insulin stores have lower body temperatures. However, this symptom is unique to type I diabetes. For some reason, even though type II diabetes works the same way, lower body temperature is usually only found with juvenile diabetes.