The medical records reveal that except a very few cases, all the children suffering from diabetes belonged to type-1 diabetes. The main reason attributed for this condition is genetic disorder which renders the pancreas ineffective for insulin release. The reason why children are not victims of the type 2 diabetes is that their lifestyle is different from that of adults. Coming to symptoms, all the symptoms that adult patients exhibit are exhibited by children too including excessive urination and thirst.
Apart from the common symptoms the children also show distinct symptoms like behavioral problems. Although the second type of diabetes is rare in childhood its incidence is on the rise owing to lack of exercise and poor diet. The exact cause for the first type of diabetes remains a mystery as most of the victims do not belong to a diabetic lineage. Insulin is a must for these patients. For many children insulin is administered on a daily basis. Both types of insulin-those slow and fast in action are used.
The moral responsibility of the parents
The role that parents have to play in maintaining the sugar levels of their kids is an important one. They should understand clearly the basics of the disease. Apart from ensuring that the insulin is being administered to their kids every day, they must provide a healthy diet to their kids to restrict the sugar levels in the blood which is equally important as giving insulin. For this they should know the sugar levels contained in various beverages and foodstuffs. The daily diet of the family has to be modified accordingly.
We cannot expect the child to act maturely and so it is the sole responsibility of parents to maintain the blood sugar levels of their wards. Parents must check the sugar levels in the blood of their diseased progeny frequently as insisted by the doctor. If the sugar levels are on the increase they should be more strict in diet intake of their wards than they were before. They must know how to give the insulin injection, for instance the injection should be administered perpendicular to the body for better results.
The child unable to understand the seriousness may not co-operate in the process. However parents have to be patient enough and convince the child. Parents should impart the knowledge they have gained to their progeny at young ages of the latter so that the future generations are well aware of the disease and can act proactively to prevent the incidence of the disease.