managing healthcare in a new town

Moving to a new town comes with a lot of tasks to get done. Not only do you have to get all of your belongings moved, but you have to make changes to your medical care facilities. So, when you get to your new home town, do you know what health care clinics you can rely on for the care of your family? Will you couple your family's healthcare with both a clinic and a PCP? This blog will give you several suggestions about how to manage the changes in your family's healthcare adaptations to ensure you receive the best possible care in your new home town.

Often Missed Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes In Children


For a lot of years it was believed that only grown-ups could develop type 2 diabetes, and that is still a common misconception today. However, this disease is rapidly growing as a problem for younger people--including children. Because most parents do not expect that their child will have type 2 diabetes, they often miss the telltale indications that should signal to them that their child should be checked by a family medical service. The sooner you catch the signs of diabetes and get help, the less likely it will be that your child will experience negative repercussions and terrible symptoms of the problem. Here are a few often-missed signs of type 2 diabetes. 

Your child seems hungry more than usual. 

Children are still growing and developing, so when they want to eat more than usual most parents don't  think anything of it. However, if your child's body is not properly producing enough insulin, their body is not getting enough energy from the food they eat, which means they will definitely feel hungry more often than usual. Contact your family doctor if you start noticing that:

  • your child is hungry between meals on a daily basis
  • your child is consuming a lot more at meal times
  • your child is excessively hungry and weak soon after a meal

Your child has dark patches on their skin. 

Children who have diabetes often have a symptom that adults don't always show--dark patches on the skin. These discolorations of the skin are actually a problem known medically as acanthosis nigricans. These darkened patches usually show up in certain areas like the back of the neck, under the arms, or even at the bends of the knees. They look a bit like your child did not scrub enough while bathing to remove the dirt, but when you look closer, you will see the color change is the skin and not actually dirt. 

Your child has a faster heart rate during checkups. 

Problems with insulin production will sometimes cause the heart to beat faster than usual. If a child has no other symptoms of type 2 diabetes, a rapid heart rate could be something that shows itself early on. However, a rapid heart rate can be caused by anxiety and fears that come along with being nervous at a doctor's visit, so a lot of parents do not pay any attention to this kind of problem. If you believe that your child might have type 2 diabetes, don't hesitate to visit a nearby family medical office as soon as possible. 


25 June 2018