In summer it is possible to mix some of the most serious signs of diabetes with effects of the heat and physical exercise. Here’s the signs to look out for to help make an early diagnosis of diabetes in children
Destate, as you’re aware it’s common and even recommended to drink more water than normal. In addition with the heat and more sweating, it is crucial to rehydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids and eating food which are high in water like fruits and vegetables. It is the same for adults, but it is also appropriate for children too.
In the case of the second however, it could occur that you drink more and, as a result, the need to pee more could be a sign of another issue, or diabetes-related decompensation (ketoacidosis) the disease that has seen a sudden rise in recent months of the pandemic.
It’s as simple to ignore the issue the same way it would be to face the possibility of confirmation of diabetes, thanks to the advancements in technology that allow for the same lifestyle for all age groups.
Valentino Cherubini Director of the departmental structure of pediatric Diabetology Ospedali Riuniti of Ancona discusses how to keep your guard, particularly in the summer. He also suggests ways to react quickly and which technology to use to ensure that you do not limit the requirements of the entire family, even in the event of a clear diagnosis.
Type-1 diabetes a rise in cases in the pandemic
This is supported by a variety of findings from a research conducted by the diabetes division from the Italian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes-SIEDP. The study, to present at the upcoming National Congress that will be held in September, examined the medical data for children aged less than 15 years old from forty Italian diabetic centers for children over the time period between 2017 and 2020, for an overall total of 3230 children. The findings showed that the rise in the diagnosis of ketoacidosis as a form of diabetes has increased by over 9 percent during the period of lockdown and was above five percent for the remainder of 2020.
“We take this as a clue from this worrying information,” Cherubini interjects, “that the majority of children are diagnosed with diabetes later and is a sign of the need to commit more time and energy to preventive measures.
The Symptoms to be Watchful for to identify diabetes in children
There are some significant signs and alarm alarms that parents must be aware of particularly during the summer months. Actually, when you do more physical activity, children become more exhausted, thirstier and often pee more frequently. These symptoms are the initial suspicious symptoms that indicate a diagnosis of diabetes. But in the same way they could also be the result of physical and heat. If you don’t intervene quickly the symptoms could cause ketoacidosis, which is a result of the delay in diagnosing.
To avoid false alarms this is why it is important to activate immediately the required examinations if any symptoms are detected.
“These are just a few measuresthat are simple to apply, but extremely reliable. In the summer months, it’s common for children drinking more water, urinate more frequently, and feel more exhausted than normal and it’s not likely that the alarm for suspected diabetes may be triggered. Instead, I recommend keeping in mind that among the changes occurring in the child’s body – that is, if they continue to drink Cherubini There are additional signs like abdominal pain, bad breath and breathing difficulties, as well as an abrupt weight loss, and hunger. It isn’t necessary for them all to occur simultaneously since just 2 or 3 can be enough to examine. The early diagnosis of diabetes in children also helps protect against many problems that can arise in adulthood. Simply put, one incident of ketoacidosis caused by diabetes (which is when blood pH is below 7.30 and gets more extreme when it drops lower than 7.1) could cause irreparable harm, especially to the brain.”
How can you confirm or rule out the possibility of having diabetes
The most immediate solution, quick and painless, is found in simple, inexpensive sticks that are sold in pharmacies.
“It is evident and common that during summer, children consume more water, and often the increase in demand for water is overlooked. It is crucial that parents understand how to act immediately to eliminate or confirm any suspicions of having diabetes. Additionally, as noted by Cherubini that dehydration and heat need to be treated more quickly to restore the balance of hydro-electrolysis. If there’s a possibility of having diabetes, the prescribed of urine and blood tests could make it difficult to determine. In the event of doubt the first option is to visit the pharmacy to get the measurement of blood glucose with an instrument or urine test to determine glucose.”
Technology-based devices that help manage the condition of diabetes
In the 150,000 Italians who suffer from the disease, around 11,000 children who are afflicted with the disease that will follow them for the rest of their lives. This is a figure that can multiply by the number parents who are faced constantly with the illness and are particularly concerned about what might happen in the outside world (at school, during social gatherings, and at sports with their friends). The advancement in technology of tiny devices, with no any external tubes or waterproofs can provide a significant support to better control of diabetes beginning at the age of two years old.
The confidence of data and the assurance of precision treatments, have led to the continuous glucose meter along with the insulin infuser (Dexcom G6 as well as Omnipod sold through Italy through Theras) two breakthroughs in technology crucial to enhance the lives of patients and the entire family.
“The blood glucose pattern for a child who has type 1 diabetes is extremely difficult to determine, however because of the latest technology in CGMs (continuous glucose monitoring, i.e., continuous monitoring of blood glucose levels in real-time) it is now possible to achieve a high accuracy, precision and security of predictability. This has a soothing effect for patients who have been more alert and prepared to respond in the event of a need that is triggered through an alarm. For the youngest, says Cherubini the achievement of a test that is accurate can impact the well-being of the parent who is no longer in the stress of needing to be quick to provide instructions or act immediately whenever it’s not necessary. Patients of all ages, even those with the youngest children, will be able to make medical decisions without needing to compare the data to what they had previously obtained through pricking their fingertips. This is a significant procedure that is the first of its kind and is recognized as such by FDA.”