Managing Your Child’s Diabetes During School

Diabetes is a growing epidemic affecting people of all ages. School aged children and their parents may have a greater challenge. If your child has diabetes, here are some tips for managing their diabetes while in school.

By working with your child’s school to develop a diabetes medical management plan, you can ensure your child will have the assistance they need throughout their school day. The medical management plan should include information such as recognizing high and low blood sugar levels, assistance with giving insulin, and checking blood sugar levels as well as providing snacks to prevent any diabetic bouts and maintaining healthy sugar levels. The plan should also include supplies, such as glucose meters and strips, ketone testing strips, antiseptic wipes, syringes, and glucose tablets, to help manage episodes of high or low blood sugar levels.

Encouraging healthy habits can be easy to incorporate into your child’s daily routine. These can range from healthy easting habits to daily physical activity, which can improve your child’s blood sugar levels. Start their day with a hearty breakfast and send your child with a healthy reduced fat lunch filled with lean proteins, such as turkey rolls and slices, whole grains and fruits. Ensure your child participates in physical education in school and maintains active out of school as well with extra curricular sports or activities.

Diabetes does not have to get in the way of your child’s educational experience. Parents and teachers can work together towards the main goal of a healthy child. For more information on a diabetes medical management plan, visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesinschool.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.