Diabetes and Children

Overview of Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes is a chronic disease that involves the regulation of blood sugar and occurs in two different forms, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes in Children
Type 1 diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, but can start at any age.
When Your Child Has Type 1 Diabetes
With knowledge, practice and a supportive health care team, you can take care of your child without diabetes taking over your lives.
Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes
If your child suddenly develops a fever and grows weak, tired and nauseated, the youngster probably has the flu or some other virus. But the symptoms could also be warning signs of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to produce enough, or to properly use, insulin.
Hypoglycemia in the Newborn
Babies who are more likely to develop hypoglycemia include those born to women who have diabetes.
Hypoglycemia in Children
Causes of hypoglycemia in children with diabetes may include a missed meal, too much medication, or more exercise than usual.
The Metabolic Syndrome Puts Teens at Risk
Doctors think teens who have the metabolic syndrome face a high risk for the early onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Teens and Diabetes
During adolescence, blood sugar levels become harder to control, resulting in levels that swing from too low to too high.
Diet and Diabetes
It is important to learn about proper meal-planning when your child has diabetes. The type and amount of food your child eats affects his/her blood sugar levels.
Kids' Healthy Eating Not Just About Food
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers suggestions to help your child develop and maintain good eating habits and to prevent chaotic mealtimes in your home.
Your Child's Diabetes Care Team
Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.
Back to School with Diabetes
When fall arrives, it’s back-to-school time—and for some kids, it’s back to dealing with diabetes in the classroom.
How to Help an Overweight or Obese Child
Ask a parent to name the greatest health threat to children and you'll hear about drinking or drugs. Rarely will anyone cite obesity -- even though it can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
The Importance of Eating Together as a Family
Eating together as a family has many benefits not only for you, but also for your children. This lifestyle habit may actually help to fend off childhood obesity.