The first step in helping your child manage diabetes in school is to prepare a comprehensive plan for the purpose. Meet the school authorities and intimate them about your child’s condition. They should be informed about the necessary supplies of diabetes management, as part of routine diabetes care as well as dealing with blood sugar emergencies.
Steps to manage diabetes at school
- The necessary supplies – The supplies you need at school for controlling diabetes symptoms include testing strips, blood glucose meter, lancets and additional batteries for the glucose meter, syringes and insulin, antiseptic wipes, and necessary backup in case your child uses insulin pump and it fails. Moreover, the school nurse or teachers should be given glucose tabs and juice boxes for managing an emergency of low blood sugar.
- Diet in school – If you do not give your diabetic child lunch cooked at home according to his needs, review the school menu for the ideal one for him. Moreover, you should pack some additional snack to stabilise blood sugar in the afternoon when your child is inclined to go to the vending machine and have unhealthy snacks.
- Prepare for special needs – You should ask your child about complications during strenuous exercises performed as part of physical education or having snacks at any point of the day. You should always be ready for getting the doctor or parents called for resolving any health concerns. The school authorities should have your physician’s phone number.
- Make your child eat healthy foods – Your child should be encouraged to have only healthy foods. If you are packing lunch for him, make sure it contains whole grains and fresh fruits. Avoid high fat unhealthy foods with less-fat items such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese, and even high fat healthy foods such as seeds and nuts along with fruits. This would help to keep your child away from the vending machine. Moreover, ask your child to show you the menu of school cafeteria and pick out the items that can be included into his diabetes-friendly healthy meal plan. The school menus may be found online too.
Despite best efforts on your part to help your child manage diabetes, you need to discuss it with your child’s doctor and follow what he recommends in case of a diabetic emergency. Your child’s caregiver is the best person to recommend a plan for diabetes in school children and perhaps you should stick to what he has to say.
If your child’s diabetes is poorly controlled, it can be dangerous for him. You need to constantly update your doctor about the changes in your child’s condition if any.
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