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Your child's persistent itchy skin could be more than dry skin

Most Americans are aware of the signs of diabetes. The disease is on the rise in children. On average 35 children a day are diagnosed. There are several symptoms parents should be aware, not just the obvious.

  • Excessive hunger or thirst:  If your child awakens in the middle of the night for a glass of water don't panic, this is not excessive.  If your child consumes several glasses of liquid in very short period of time, you may need to pay attention to other changing habits.
  • Frequent urination:  Watch for several trips to the restroom. Some children may start having accidents even being potty trained.
  • Slow healing wounds: If your child gets a cut and it doesn't improve within several days a call to the doctor may be in order.
  • Persistent dry or itchy skin: Believe it or not, a sign of juvenile diabetes is persistent itchy skin. If your child is suffering from this condition even with the use of lotions and they are exhibiting other signs make a call to your pediatrician.
  • Rapid Breathing: If you notice changes in your child's breathing in any shape or form you need to check in with your doctor to rule out any respite problems.

If your child displays several of these symptoms, please don't wait to call your health care provider's are just some guidelines provided by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.  These symptoms do not mean your child has diabetes only a doctor and proper testing can diagnose the disease.


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