There are steps you can take to protect mothers and children from developing diabetes.

Woman who have had gestational diabetes (GDM) are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. On average, only 25% of woman who have had GDM receive postpartum screening.

Undue delay in establishing a diagnosis of diabetes can have devastating consequences for a child. Yet, as many as 39% of children who present to the ER in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) have seen a physician in the preceding week.

Essential points to remember

Mothers: Women who have had GDM are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and should receive diabetes screening.

  • 6 weeks to 6 months postpartum
  • Before a future pregnancy
  • Every 3 years (or more often depending on risk factors)

Children: S.T.A.T. action is required to prevent DKA and save a child’s life.

  • Symptom recognition: polydipsia, polyuria, nocturia, weight loss
  • Test blood / urine immediately
  • Arrange referral now
  • Treat with insulin today

Protecting mothers

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