Type 1 diabetes affects the way your baby’s body breaks down food. When a baby eats, the food digested is broken down into a form of sugar called glucose, which is your baby’s main source of fuel. The glucose enters the bloodstream where it is processed and distributed by a hormone known as insulin. Type 1 diabetes is a disorder that causes the body to attack the cells that produce this insulin in the pancreas, making it impossible for your baby’s body to produce the insulin it needs to properly use the glucose needed to function. Type 1 diabetes affects 1 in every 400 to 600 children. If your infant exhibits any of the following signs, seek medical attention to get the problem under control.