Juvenile diabetes affects over 200,000 children in the US
Type 1 diabetes in children is a condition in which your child’s body no longer produces a pertinent hormone, insulin. Your child needs insulin to survive, so the missing insulin must be replaced. Type 1 diabetes in children is often referred to as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.
The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children can be difficult and overwhelming at first. Once diagnosed, you and your child — depending on his or her age — must learn how to administer injections, monitor blood sugar and count carbohydrates.
Type 1 diabetes in children requires consistent care and attentiveness. However, medical advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have greatly improved the daily management of this condition.