Handling the Child with Diabetes at SchoolThe child with diabetes needs to be treated like any other child. The only difference is that this child's body requires insulin from an external source to function properly. Remember the warning signs of low blood sugar and be ready to treat. Exercise helps the insulin work better. Involving the child in all physican education (PE) and sports activities is highly desirable. It is important that the child develops exercise habits at a young age. The other children in the classroom, especially the child's friends, are often very eager to learn more about diabetes. Ask the child and parents/guardians how this might be discussed with the class. Even very young friends can help recognize low blood sugar reactions.
Things can be more comfortable for everyone when diabetes is not a secret.
It is the responsibility of the school to provide a safe environment for all students. School staff who have direct contact with the student who has diabetes should receive instructions about special needs as well as emergency action procedures.
The child with diabetes can participate in parties just like all the other children. Notify the parent/guardian when a party will take place and include information about what food will be served so that they can decide with the child what he/she may have to eat.
Extra Curricular Activities
The child with diabetes should participate in all extracurricular activities. Notify the parents/ guardians as soon as possible and invite them to the planning stage of the activity especially if this involves an overnight. The child's diabetes pack with a meter, insulin if needed and a sugar source should always accompany the child with diabetes on any field trip. Extra snacks need to be taken along in case lunch is delayed or the student gets more exercise than usual. An overnight activity will require insulin injections, so the parent/guardian may need to make special arrangements. The parent/guardian of a young student with diabetes may wish to help chaperon. Be sure this is ok with the child.
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