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Mother of newly diagnosed

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by kittycatgirl, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. kittycatgirl

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    Hello, I am writting because my 11 year old daughter was newly diagnosed in January on Friday the 13th. She is adjusting well but has a few questions. We tried to post together on the general message board but no one responded. She isn't really a teen yet but she is worried. She has been living with type 1 for only about a month but she is worried because she is loosing a lot of hair when she brushes it and she has put on almost 10 pounds. No matter how much I tell her the weight gain is what is supposed to happen becuase it is what her body needs she still worries. The last time we went to the specialist my daughter cringed when she stepped on the scale. I worry about future eating disorders. Can anyone tell me if her weight will stabalize or if the hair loss is a normal side affect? Any advice will help. Our next appt. is a week from Friday.
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    Mom of kittycatgirl
     
  2. mischloss

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    Hi Kittycatgirl,

    Just replying to you that you are so new to this and her body is still trying to adjust to the new regiment that it is hard to tell about her symptoms. She might have dropped a lot of weight just prior to diagnosis (my son lost 6 pounds in 3 days right before going to the doctor!) and her body might be trying to gain some of it back since it gets very dehydrated! Please don't worry about the amount she is eating. The main thing is that she is eating nutritious foods and that you are counting her carb ratio for insulin administration correctly. Again the hair loss could be the stress and illness she went through. Should stabilize soon but I would mention this to the doctor. They have "seen it all" and can really help you out with issues.

    As a young lady, I am sure she is beginning to have body image issues. Please let her know that her health right now is A #1!!! A few pounds here and there and having her blood sugar be stable is the most important thing. Once she is more acustomed to the routine, you and she can talk about some basic excercise and activities that she can incorporate into her everyday life. This will keep the pounds off and take her mind off of her diabetes.

    Hope this helps.
    Maria
     
  3. Hollyb

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    Hi,

    My 13-year-old son was diagnosed in September and he put on almost ten pounds in the TWO WEEKS after he was diagnosed. It was just incredible -- but even ten pounds later he was really slim. It basically underlined to me that although his diabetes seemed to flare up suddenly, he had not been being adequately nourished for some time. So your daughter's weight gain is probably compensating for being kind of "starved" for a while.

    Another thing, though, is in the month or two after diagnosis they are sort of starting with an "educated guess" at your daughter's insulin needs, and to an extent she may also be having to "eat to feed the insulin." Once things even out you'll be able to adjust the dosage geared to what your daughter's natural appetite is and how much insulin she needs to cover it, and you should see her weight gain return to normal. (Remember, girls this age often put on a little weight prior to their growth spurt and puberty, so that might be going on as well.)

    Good luck with it all!

    Holly
     
  4. Amy C.

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    I ditto the previous comments about waiting until the weight settles. She will stop gaining her weight.

    The hair loss is another problem. I may be wrong, but I don't think a child with diabetes is supposed to lose hair. I would ask the endo about this.
     
  5. kittycatgirl

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    Thank you!

    Thank you for taking the time to respond. I do feel like I am making her eat some times when she is not hungry. Feeding the insulin is how I think you put it. I think it will make her feel better that the weight gain is a normal and healthy side effect. I will mention the hair loss to the doctor next week and our feeling of feeding the medication. She has had a few lows this week. She was swimming yesterday and dropped down to 52 BS. :( Now she has been over 200 at every reading since. Is that the rebound affect I have read about? Any other advice would be appreciated.
    Kittycatgirl's mom
     
  6. earruda

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    New To Diabetes

    I also have an 11 year old girl. She was diagnosed a year and a half ago. Just yesterday Margo and I were on-line looking for an "email buddy" for her. Margo has very labile blood sugars still........ it is actually a good sign that your daughter's blood sugar drops with exercise.... it is all the more reason for her to stay active so that she needs less insulin. I am glad you came to the forum....... The first few months are very challenging but you will get through it. If your daughter's blood sugars are in range 50% of the time or greater she will be considered in good control (at least at our diabetes center). It will never be in range all the time. With hormone changes, growth spurts, allergies, stress........they will all send her blood sugars a little crazy. I would love to talk further if you like. It actually helps me find some positive way to share this "opportunity" the universe has given my family.
     
  7. kittycatgirl

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    Hello again

    It has been a tough few days. Her numbers have been over 200 and reached 370 last night. I don't think it was anything she ate and we followed the plan. No ketones which is good. I called the clinic and I am waiting for a call back. We have had such a good month holding within her range after the hospital. I am sure the call to the doctor wasn't necessary but I will give myself a break. I will be a pro soon but I am not yet. Thanks for the support.

    Margo's mom.....If there was a safe way for our girls to get in touch with each other that would be great, but I don't know much about message boards and don't know how to do that safely.

    Thanks to everyone for helping.:)
     
  8. Sweetkidmom

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    Hair loss

    Hi kittycatgirl

    After posting my question about hair loss this morning, I did a search for "hair loss" to see if this topic has been mentioned before and I found your post. Did you ever get any explanation for your child's hair loss?

    Thanks
    Kay
     
  9. kittycatgirl

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    :)

    See my reply to your post:)
     

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