Type 1 diabetes remains a relatively rare disease throughout the U.S., but its prevalence is increasing. Type 1 diabetics need insulin to survive, so if your child has developed Type 1 diabetes, they will quickly begin to display symptoms. Without treatment, people with Type 1 diabetes can quickly experience full body failure.
There are some symptoms parents can watch for that could indicate a new case of Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Priya Bui, a Fort Worth pediatrician, said parents should get their child’s blood sugar checked if they notice any of the following symptoms:
Urinating frequently and more often than usual
Feeling very thirsty
Altered mental status
Change in mood
If you suspect that your child might have diabetes, you should take them to their pediatrician’s office for a checkup.
Type 1 diabetes can develop within a few weeks or a few months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or teenagers, but it is possible for it to develop in adults. There is no known prevention for Type 1 diabetes.
Children with Type 2 diabetes might also experience darker skin around the back of their neck, which can indicate insulin resistance starting in the body, Bui said. Type 2 diabetes is less common in children and historically was known as “adult-onset diabetes,” but it is becoming increasingly common among children and teenagers.