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Childhood diabetes

Keywords:
  • pediatrics
  • diabetes

More than 1,000 children and adolescents with diabetes are treated annually in the Uusimaa region.

Lasten diabetes

In Finland, approximately 500 children and adolescents under the age of 16 are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year, and approximately a third of them are being treated in HUS.   

The causes of the disease are not yet known precisely, but it is affected by both hereditary, i.e. genetic factors, and environmental factors, such as viral diseases. 

The treatment of a child's diabetes often begins in the emergency department of Jorvi Hospital or New Children's Hospital and continues on the inpatient ward for just under a week. After the initial phase, a child may need ward treatment, for example, in connection with the installation of an insulin pump and if there are problems associated with diabetic control for various reasons or with gastroenteritis in small children. 

After the initial treatment for diabetes, you will have an appointment with a diabetes physician and nurse at the clinic approximately every three months. If necessary, additional appointments may be arranged with a diabetes nurse. When a child falls ill or the treatment form is changed, a nurse will visit the child’s daycare or school staff to instruct them on, for example, blood glucose measurement, use of an insulin pump, and the injection of insulin. 
 

Treatment facilities

Ward Tähti, New Children's Hospital

On Ward Tähti, we treat patients with pediatric illnesses as well as surgical patients.

Pediatric Emergency Clinic, Jorvi Hospital

At the Pediatric Emergency Clinic at Jorvi Hospital, we treat patients under the age of 16.

Pediatric Emergency Department, New Children's Hospital

At the Pediatric Emergency Department of New Children's Hospital, we treat patients under the age of 16 from all specialty fields.

Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, Jorvi Hospital

In the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic at Jorvi Hospital, we examine and treat children and adolescents under the age of 16 who need outpatient services for…