My son, Nathan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 10 months of age. I would like to encourage parents who have a family history of diabetes to be on the lookout for the following signs of diabetes onset:
- Increased Urination: At the time of diagnosis, Nathan could soak a Huggies diaper in 30 minutes. I was constantly changing his clothing and bedding.
- Increased Drinking: Nathan was drinking nine 8-ounce bottles of formula daily, and refusing to eat the jarred baby food he once loved.
- Yeast infections: It seemed Nathan constantly had yeast infections around his diaper area.
Don't let any doctor convince you that it is impossible for a child so young to have diabetes. It is possible. When Nathan's doctor sent out his bloodwork to the lab, it came back with a blood sugar level of 661. Thank goodness I had him checked out.
I just wanted everyone to know that there is never an age where children are "too young" to develop diabetes. Nathan is doing great now, and we are developing habits which will help him control his diabetes throughout his lifetime.
Anyone who wants to email me about their child can do so at [email protected] I would love to hear from some other parents in my situation.
Published June 4, 2000
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