“As we have experienced in our 25 years of caring for children and adolescents with diabetes, we realize that comprehensive care to the child with diabetes cannot be provided by a single person or entity. It takes a village!”
From birth through age 21, our Pediatric Diabetes Center supports children with diabetes and their families. Whether your child is newly diagnosed with diabetes or transferring from another clinic, we are here to support you. Let us help you through the challenges of childhood diabetes wherever you are on the journey.
Why Choose Us for Pediatric Diabetes Treatment
- As an academic medical center, we use a multidisciplinary approach with specialists trained to intervene in childhood diabetes and manage it through young adulthood.
- We provide valuable diabetes education classes for children and families.
- We regularly assess your child’s health at diabetes clinic appointments.
- Our patients have access to support and family resources.
- We make it easy to report your child’s blood glucose (sugar levels) by phone or through the MyChart app.
Types of Pediatric Diabetes Treated
As a California Children's Services approved Specialty Care Center, we are equipped to treat children with a variety of diabetes conditions. This includes the autoimmune disorder Type 1 diabetes and the metabolic disorder Type 2 diabetes, both of which can require lifestyle changes and insulin injections as part of their management. For both types, the signs of diabetes include:
- Abnormal thirst
- Blurred vision
- Extreme hunger but loss of weight
- Flu-like symptoms
- Frequent urination
- Irritability and mood changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness and fatigue
Type 2 diabetes symptoms also include skin infections, poorly healing wounds and tingling or loss of feeling in the hands or feet. The signs of diabetes can also look like other conditions or health problems. If you notice these symptoms in your child, request an evaluation from their primary care pediatrician.
Other types of diabetes treated:
- Neonatal diabetes mellitus
- Monogenic diabetes mellitus
- Cystic fibrosis related diabetes mellitus
- Steroid induced diabetes mellitus
Our team approach to pediatric diabetes
We have a variety of team members who may see your child at pediatric diabetes clinic appointments. In addition to the nurse educator and pediatric endocrinologist, your family will be supported by these professionals:
Our registered dietitian is available to address food-related questions as your family learns about the role nutrition plays in managing childhood diabetes.
Our social worker is on hand to help your family work through any social or home life concerns surrounding your child’s condition.
Our helpful, supportive patient navigators assist with coordinating services. They may also provide you with forms, resources or assistance with MyChart.
Of course, the most important team member in your child’s care is you. This is why parents, guardians or caregivers are required to attend our classes along with their children and encouraged to ask questions whenever they need to.
What to Expect from Pediatric Diabetes Treatment
From the age of diagnosis through early adulthood, your child can receive all diabetes treatment at our center. Patients attend clinic appointments every three months, unless additional appointments are scheduled by the doctor. Classes are offered throughout your time with us and the support we provide is ongoing.
Take the Next Step
If your child is showing signs of diabetes, visit your primary care pediatrician as soon as possible and request a referral to the Pediatric Diabetes Center. You may also contact us with your questions.