Once you get to know that your child
is suffering from diabetes, it becomes all the more important to ensure
that his blood glucose levels maintain a steady balance and do not fluctuate
too often and too sharply. You need to be aware of the ways in which you can
maintain this balance as it is essential for the kid’s well-being.
This balance also can effectively lower the probable
risks pertaining to diabetic health problems that strike later in life. Thereby
the doctor can suggest certain vaccinations for your diabetic child. There are
two vaccinations prescribed by the doctors: flu and pneumonia.
A diabetic patient is naturally exposed to the risk
of contracting infections and influenza
is one of them. Children are found to get readily affected by the flu virus
which can potentially escalate into a highly acute and contagious viral infection.
When the blood sugar level is already high, the infection can cause diabetic
ketoacidosis or DKA and/or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome or HSS. These
are two conditions that can even lead to death if not treated immediately. The
condition deteriorates fast as antibiotics do not act on such cases. Therefore,
doctors suggest a flu vaccine which can effectively reduce the risk.
Every year the flu vaccine is upgraded as the flu
virus changes and mutates extremely fast. This is done by testing and
researching on the strains of virus that are circulating at that point of time.
The opinion of the health care providers is that regardless of the age of your
kid or the type of diabetes management plan that you are following you should
make it a point to get your child take the recent shot so that he stands
Ideally the vaccination program commences after the
child arraigns six months of age and is repeated every year. To ensure maximum
protection even the caregivers of the child should be vaccinated.
Pneumonia is a bacterial infection where the lung
tissue gets affected and results in inflammation. This infection caused by
streptococcus pneumonia bacterium occurs during winter months. The common
symptoms are fever, coughing and chest pain accompanied by shivering fits.
Usually every child is administered this vaccine as a part of their immunization
program. Parents of children already suffering from diabetes must ensure
that their little one gets another booster of this vaccine just after he
completes his second year.
Pneumonia can result in serious complications
resulting in coughing up phlegm and difficulty
in breathing and for a kid who is susceptible to catch cold
must be protected as in a chronic diabetic condition, the infection can
potentially damage the respiratory system entirely. Three weeks post
vaccination, the child is considered to be safe. The doctor might suggest
booster doses if required.
to the Vaccinations
For both influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, there
can be a mild reaction in your child. There can be a prominent redness and
swelling in and around the site of injection. The child may also have a
slightly high body temperature. Doctors suggest application of a cold flannel
to be compressed on the site of injection and prescribe a few mild painkillers.
These are all temporary symptoms and you might also notice that the child’s
blood glucose levels are fluctuating. But here is nothing to worry as this too
is a temporary reaction.