Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Mum aims to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes

09:00 18 July 2011

(click on image for larger view) Louise Bloxham with her son Finlay. Diabetes support group.

(click on image for larger view) Louise Bloxham with her son Finlay. Diabetes support group.

Archant

A North Somerset family is hoping to raise awareness of the symptoms of juvenile diabetes to make sure children are diagnosed in time.

A MUM from North Somerset is desperately trying to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes after her son was diagnosed with the condition at the age of four.

Louise Bloxham noticed something was wrong with Finlay last July when he had an ‘incredible thirst’ for a few days and began wetting the bed.

Knowing a few symptoms of diabetes, Louise took her soon and a urine sample to the doctors to be tested.

She said: “As soon as he was diagnosed he was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital and put on insulin. Failure to do so leads to a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) within hours.

“He was in hospital for three days, it was awful. He was put on a regime of two insulin injections a day which was very traumatic to begin with.

“But by November he was doing his own injections, while supervised. He wanted to take control. He’s been a little star, but I wish I could give him back his carefree childhood.”

Louise now wants to make other parents aware of the symptoms as research has shown the incidence of type one diabetes in children under five has increased fivefold in the past 20 years.

The reason for the increase is unknown, but it has nothing to do with an unhealthy diet which is linked to type two diabetes.

Type one diabetes is an auto immune disease caused by the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

The absence of insulin leads to increased sugar in the blood and urine and symptoms include an increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, weight loss and excessive tiredness.

Louise said: “Everyone knows the symptoms of meningitis but type one diabetes is five times more common and very few people are aware of the symptoms.

“I’ve read about numerous children who end up in DKA in intensive care because parents and doctors haven’t noticed the symptoms.”

Finlay, who attends Flax Bourton Primary School, has at least two insulin injections a day and eight-10 blood tests to check his blood sugar levels.

His parents have to measure the amount of carbohydrates in each meal and Louise has to test Finlay’s blood sugar levels throughout the night in case his blood sugars dip dangerously low.

She said: “Living with diabetes you have the constant worry about hypos and the fears about the devastating long term effects of highs.”

Louise, from Long Ashton, has now set up a North Somerset support group to help people who have children suffering from type one diabetes.

The group meets once a month at the Full Quart in Hewish. Anyone interested in joining can email Louise at louise.bloxham@gmail.com

The Bloxham family is also taking part in a walk to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in September. To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/Louise-Bloxham

0 comments

Other News Stories

18:26
Mountstevens-21.                                              Sue Mountstevens. September 2012. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:078755145281.

Sue Mountstevens has retained her role as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) of Avon and Somerset police, it has been announced.

Read more
16:13
Mountstevens-21.                                              Sue Mountstevens. September 2012. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:078755145281.

Sue Mountstevens is in the lead so far, as the votes in the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election are counted.

Read more
20:00

A Weston-super-Mare supermarket is giving away cash which has been raised from the Government’s five pence bag charge.

Read more
21:00
Cadets

Nine members of the Weston-super-Mare Sea Cadets travelled to HMS Raleigh in Cornwall for the national drill and ceremonial competition.

Read more
18:00
Doctor protest

Junior doctors staged a full walk-out last week, withdrawing even emergency care for the first time in decades.

Read more
16:00
Babies, toddlers and young children can all take part in the new programme.

King Alfred Sports Centre, in Highbridge, has launched an interactive exercise class especially for babies, toddlers and young children.

Read more
14:00
Children from Ashbrooke House School with their scarecrow

Five primary schools from Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding villages gathered to celebrate the year of the English garden.

Read more
Nick Harding, Alan Gray, Doug Harris, Andy Taylor and Ian Mildon of the Axbridge Caving Group at the cave entrance.

A group of caving experts have praised Somerset’s Mendip Hills for their incredible history and landscapes – and urged people to take part in a charity challenge which celebrates the scenery.

Read more
Joseph Peace Fire Spectacular Show

A scorching stunt show filled with daredevil tricks took place on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront over the bank holiday.

Read more
Vicar Geoff Eales and damage caused by the vandals.

A Weston-super-Mare church has been targeted by vandals again and this time the culprits have destroyed a garden of remembrance – leaving the congregation ‘shocked and saddened’.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications