Diabetes in babies.

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2013-02-11 09:59:16 -0600
Started 2013-02-07 14:36:05 -0600

How can a mother keep feeding a baby each time he cries. Can babies be effected by diabetes? Baby 6 months old and 27 lbs. Do dr's check for diabetes in infants before it is out of control.

16 replies

kdroberts 2013-02-10 08:18:54 -0600 Report

There are many forms of diabetes and a number can affect babies. There are some that only affect babies that are under around 6 months, neonatal diabetes. For some it will go away and never come back in which case they had transient neonatal diabetes, for others it is permanent. Then you have type 1 which can be diagnosed at any age.

On it's own, the baby being overweight but being born at a normal weight is not something that would lead to diabetes in a baby and unless the baby shows symptoms of diabetes doctors will not routinely test for it. Even in adults, although being overweight is associated with type 2 diabetes there has never been any study that shows that being overweight actually causes type 2 diabetes.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-02-08 10:41:37 -0600 Report

diabetes, especially diabetes in children so young is not usually caused by the baby being overweight. There are many factors that can cause type 1 diabetes. Doctors do check babies for diabetes when they are young. Part of the reason you are supposed to take your baby in for wellenss check ups every few months during the first year is so that the pediatrician can check the baby's weight and growth progression and catch anything that is out of the ordinary.

Flustrated 2013-02-08 10:50:39 -0600 Report

The mother is overweight so I guess she thinks its normal. I hope the doctor can convince her to be careful. Thank you for the reminder. Had 5 a long time ago. lol

KathyH123 2013-02-08 00:08:51 -0600 Report

If you are meaning can babies have diabetes when you say be effected by diabetes then yes because some of my friends were diagnosed "I think the youngest I know of is 3 months" that might not be right but I know babies can have diabetes and you could ask your doctor to check for diabetes

Flustrated 2013-02-11 09:59:16 -0600 Report

I'm always amazed with the info we can learn from this site. Maybe by planting a seed some good will come for mom and baby thanks.