School Diabetes Plan

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

If your child has diabetes, its 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 todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your childs 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 childs 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 your childs school with a copy of your childs diabetes management plan. This tells school staff what to do and who to contact if a problem happens. It also should include your childs emergency contact information.

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