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Diabetes UK is urging parents not to let coronavirus fears stop them from seeking medical help if they’re worried their child is showing the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes. Please seek emergency care if you need it.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form in children and young people. The early signs and symptoms are easy to mistake for a viral infection or other illness, which is why it’s so important to be aware of the 4Ts.

 

What are the 4Ts?

  • Toilet - Going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child or heavier nappies in babies
  • Thirsty - Being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
  • Tired - Feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner - Losing weight or looking thinner than usual

 

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes come on very quickly – over a few days or weeks – and need urgent treatment. Not acting on these early symptoms can lead to children becoming very sick with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). If a child or young person does not receive immediate treatment for DKA, it can lead to coma, or even death. The quicker a child is diagnosed, the less likely they are to become seriously ill.

These symptoms of type 1 diabetes are also the most common symptoms in adults, who should equally be type 1 aware, and other symptoms can include infections such as thrush, or blurred vision.

Information about the signs and symptoms of all types of diabetes can be found here.