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Diabetes insipidus in children happens when the kidneys put out large amounts of water in pee. It’s not the same as diabetes mellitus, like type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which involve blood sugars.  

A child with diabetes insipidus can have extreme thirst and make large amounts of pale pee. They may have to pee a lot during the night and prefer cold drinks. Kids can also have fever, vomiting, weight loss and trouble with bowel movements. Our endocrinologists know what to look for, and how to treat it. 

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Endocrinology

Nemours Children's pediatric endocrinologists are highly trained in hormone, growth and metabolic problems in kids.

Treatment for Diabetes Insipidus at Nemours

Diabetes insipidus results when the pituitary gland, which is located under the brain, doesn’t produce enough antidiuretic hormone (ADH). ADH regulates water and salts in the body. Without that regulation, the body releases too much water during urination. This can lead to dehydration and other complications. 

There are different types of diabetes insipidus, and different things can cause it. With careful evaluation, we design a treatment plan specific to your child’s condition. We watch over your child to keep them growing healthy and strong.