Read Wilf's story
Wilf developed type 1 diabetes when he was 13 months old following a Covid & flu infection. Wilf has daily insulin injections and has a sensor that continuously reads his blood glucose levels so we know if his blood sugars get too low or too high.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune response so typically develops alongside or following a virus. It can happen at any age but usually develops in childhood. Type 1 diabetes is a life threatening condition & needs to monitored closely. The 3 main warning signs for Type 1 diabetes are:
– more thirsty
– peeing more
– more lethargic
All of the warning signs could be symptoms of a virus so look out for them when child is ill. Symptoms tend to come on rapidly in babies but can be much more gradual in older children. If you are at all concerned then go & speak to your GP today.
If you have a child with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes then join our PADS Facebook support group.