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Diabetes: Does My Child Have It?

Does My Child Have Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops when the body no longer makes insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work well. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin is needed to control blood glucose levels. Diabetes is diagnosed by blood tests and a medical exam.

Your child's medical team will perform these tests and will talk to you about past medical history and recent symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of diabetes are:

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • weight loss
  • increased glucose (sugar) level
  • ketones in the urine or blood
  • dehydration
  • blurry vision
  • change in appetite
  • fatigue

Tests That May Be Used to Diagnose Diabetes

  • Blood tests to check for high glucose levels
  • Urine tests

The medical team will discuss the findings of the tests and a plan of care for your child.

Treatment for Diabetes May Include

  • Insulin injections
  • Other types of diabetes medications
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Physical activity and healthy eating
  • Brief hospital admission

If Your Child Has Diabetes

  • If the test results show that your child has diabetes, your medical team will arrange for medical treatment and diabetes education.
  • Cincinnati Children’s multidisciplinary care team will care for your child with a family- centered approach.

Ongoing medical care and education are essential for successful life-long diabetes management.

Long-Term Outlook

Diabetes is a life-long disease that can be successfully managed to allow your child to lead a healthy and active life. There are many resources for families that provide further information and support.

Diabetes Resources

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Last Updated 05/2023

Reviewed By Alesia Flynn
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