Here at Timberlake Pediatrics, we provide children with the treatment and care they need to get pediatric diabetes under control. As endocrine specialists, we also understand how endocrine disorders can impact a child’s development. Through this advanced knowledge and understanding, we can provide comprehensive and custom treatment plans that improve the lives of children with type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes.
Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Children
It’s important to know what to look for when it comes to pediatric diabetes so you can bring your child in for an evaluation as soon as possible. The sooner diabetes is detected the better, as untreated diabetes can lead to serious and potentially fatal complications. Children with type 1 diabetes may have extreme thirst and/or hunger. You may also notice that your child urinates a lot (this can be a sign of high blood sugar levels). Other signs include unexpected and sudden weight loss, as well as chronic and severe fatigue.
Cause of Type 1 Diabetes
Our bodies break down carbs and convert them into glucose, which our body then uses for energy; however, in order for our bodies to use glucose effectively, we also need to produce the hormone insulin. Unfortunately, kids with type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin, which then causes glucose to build up in the body. It is critical that your child receives the proper treatment and ongoing monitoring and care they need from a team of endocrinologists and pediatricians.
Our team can provide the routine checkups children and teens require, along with the more specialized care that children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders also require. Instead of having to seek referrals for a specialist or visit a separate doctor, we can provide your little one with everything they need in one place.
Treating Pediatric Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is known as juvenile diabetes. Anyone, including children, who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will require lifelong medication and treatment. Treatment includes monitoring blood sugar regularly throughout the day to make sure it’s being properly controlled. Other treatment options include,
- Taking insulin medication (there are several delivery systems including an insulin pump and a syringe)
- Reducing carb intake
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting regular exercise
Together we can help your child live a healthy, full life with diabetes. If you are looking for a pediatrician and endocrinology specialist, turn to our team here at Timberlake Pediatrics. Call our office at (916) 688-5040 to schedule an appointment.