Pediatric endocrinologists and diabetes specialists at American Family Children's Hospital treat diabetes insipidus, a condition in which the kidneys are unable to regulate the amount of fluid in the body that can lead to dehydration.
Diabetes Insipidus Symptoms
- Extreme thirst
- Too frequent urination
- Preferring ice cold water
- Weight loss
- Weight gain in babies
Types of Diabetes Insipidus
- Central or Neurogenic Diabetes Insipidus: When the pituitary gland (a small gland just below the brain that controls other glands in the body) doesn’t release vasopressin into the bloodstream.
- Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus: When the kidneys don’t respond to vasopressin.
Treating Diabetes Insipidus
Central or Neurogenic DI: Medication to take the place of the missing vasopressin. The medication can be taken as an injection or nasal sniff.
- Following a low-protein diet
- Drinking fluids (mostly plain water)
- Treating the source of kidney damage