National Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects 30.3 million Americans, and about 208,000 people younger than 20 years are living with this diagnosis. The month of November is the National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes and encourage people to make healthy choices. Type 1 diabetes remains the most common form of diabetes in childhood despite the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes in the young population over the years. 

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body fails to produce insulin due to the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. The causes for this disease are still unknown, but it is thought to follow exposure to “environmental trigger” in genetically predisposed individuals. In type 2 diabetes, there is relative impairment of insulin secretion as well as insulin resistance, which is strongly associated to obesity and can be prevented. Regardless of the type of diabetes, early diagnosis and good management are important in order to avoid related health complications. (CDC)
What are most common symptoms of Diabetes in children?
Diabetes can present itself in a chronic new onset of symptoms, which is more common, or in a more severe and acute form called diabetic ketoacidosis. The major symptoms of diabetes are:
  • Increased urination and bed wetting in children that are already potty-trained
  • Thirst
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight loss
In diabetic ketoacidosis presentation, the same symptoms of the chronic form are seen but are usually associated with vomits, drowsiness and even lethargy. Approximately 40 percent of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes are diagnosed while asymptomatic. They are usually screened because of the presence of risk factors such as obesity and positive family history. (AAP)
What parents of children with Diabetes can do?
  • Teach them about their health condition so they can gradually become more independent and responsible with their treatment.
  • Establish a healthy diet and regular exercise routine in accordance with the healthcare provider orientations.
  • Get in the habit of checking nutrition facts label on food packages to find healthy food options.
  • Get the whole family involved in the practice of exercise and eating healthy. (AAP)

Living with diabetes can be hard, but if the disease is kept under control, children can lead a happy and nearly normal childhood and adolescence. Developing good management habits and a healthy routine can make a great impact on the child’s future. At Angel Kids, you can count on us to provide you and your child with the information and the best treatment your angel deserves.
National Healthy Skin Month
As the cold winter months come, it seems like the perfect time to learn more about how to keep your child’s skin healthy and hydrated. The national healthy skin month aims to bring attention to the importance of good skin care and teach people more about skin conditions such as eczema and skin cancer. We gathered some important tips on how take the best care of your skin and your loved one’s:
  • Wear sunscreen all year long. Sun rays can still be damaging even on cloudy cold weather. Make sure to apply sunscreen to the parts of skin that will be exposed to the sun, especially the face.
  • Keep lips protected and hydrated. Use a lip balm with SPF and apply it generously, particularly when the weather is dry and cold.
  • Eat a healthy diet. To keep a naturally beautiful and healthy skin, it’s important to eat a diet that is rich in B vitamins, Omega 3s and whole grains, fruits, plenty of vegetables and lean protein.
  • Moisturize the skin. Create the habit of applying lotion or cream on the skin right after bathing, while the skin is still damp.
  • Prevent blisters and other lesions. Make sure that shoes fit properly, and toenails are trimmed. Nylon or moisture-wicking socks can help.
  • Regularly examine the skin. Checking the skin for new or unusual spots, as well as any itching, bleeding or changing area is important to detect early any skin condition. Talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if you notice any of those signs. (Source: AAP)
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