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Children's Diabetes

The Children's of Mississippi medical care teams play an active role fighting the spreading epidemic of diabetes. Crossing disciplinary lines, primary care physicians and specialists work with patients to diagnose and manage the disease affecting 25.8 million children and adults in the United States.

Diabetes type 1 is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is estimated that one in every 400 children and teens has the disease, forcing them to take daily insulin injections to compensate for their body's failure to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, usually is seen in adults.

UMMC physicians and clinics provide a disease management approach to help adults and children alike control their blood sugar and have fewer complications from the disease. Physicians, nurse practitioners and diabetes educators provide services geared to help patients avoid complications, eat appropriately, manage their blood sugar and understand their disease and medications.

Services

  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Intensive insulin therapy
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Patient education

Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes often appears suddenly. In children, type 1 diabetes symptoms may resemble flu symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms, but your child may experience symptoms differently.

  • High levels of sugar in the blood
  • High levels of sugar in the urine
  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger, but loss of weight
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Extreme weakness and fatigue
  • Irritability and mood changes

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.