-By Dr I.P.S. Kochar
Senior Consultant Pediatric & Adolescent Endocrinologist & Diabetologist, Apollo Hospital Sarita Vihar Delhi and Fortis Hospital Noida
Amongst many myths doing rounds about diabetes, perhaps the most dangerous is: “Kids don’t get diabetes?” Such a misconception is hazardous in every sense. It doesn’t only jeopardize a child’s physical health, but put a deep dent on the kid’s emotional health as he fails to comprehend the reason behind his lack of focus and persistent fatigue.
Watch out for Symptoms
Parents do this mistake of not recognizing the symptoms, or even acknowledging that their kid is diabetic at the very onset of the condition. As the facts suggest, 21 out of every 100,000 kids in India are suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. That might look a small number, but you certainly can’t ignore it outright.
So if your kid is complaining about any one or more of the following symptoms, then it’s time to see a diabetologist:
- Constant Thirst.
- Tiredness and fatigue.
- Sudden weight loss.
- Frequent urination.
Tips that should be on your Finger Tips
Treating diabetes in kids is far more emotionally and practically challenging than in adults. The treatment takes an all-round approach and not just clinical intervention. Apt diabetes care in school with the involvement of teachers, food service providers, and peers is indispensable. Friends of the diabetic kid should be educated about his/her alarming symptoms, so that they can get all the required assistance during the hour of the need.
Proper management of Type 1 Diabetes isn’t totally impossible. You just need to be a little attentive and follow the tips given below:
- Regulate meal-timings and ensure timely insulin shots for the kid.
- School authorities should ensure that the kid’s classroom has necessary things like insulin shots, snacks, and glucometer.
- Teachers should allow enough loo-breaks, oversee their food, and monitor their physical activity.
- School authorities should make sure that the kid’s ID Card should contain all the relevant information, including emergency contact numbers of parents and doctors, blood group, etc.
About the Author:
Dr. Kochar has got immense experience in the field of Pediatric & Adolescent Endocrinology, Worked in various hospitals in UAE. Worked in various institutions in UK. Worked in Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the best tertiary referral child centers in the World from where he did his Fellowship in Endocrinology