School and Diabetes
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If your child has diabetes, itís a good idea for you to work with a diabetes educator to create a school diabetes plan. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about what to include in the plan in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Your childís school may be prepared to deal with children with diabetes, but it is important for you to do your research and be involved in the process.

Most of the things you need to care for your child at home are needed at school, including your childís specific diabetes management plan, diabetes medications, and testing supplies.

At school, your child might need to:

* check his or her blood sugar levels

* take insulin or other diabetes medications

* eat snacks when necessary

* eat lunch at a certain time

* have easy access to water and time to take bathroom breaks

* get physical activity and participate in school events like field trips

* and recognize and get treatment for low blood sugar episodes

The ADA recommends that you supply a copy of your childís diabetes management plan. This plan tells school staff what to do and who to contact if a problem happens. It also should include emergency contact information for you and your childís doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.