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Getting back into the routine of school takes a little more preparation for kids with diabetes. However, the preparation can pay off over time. Since our kids spend so much of their waking hours in school, reliable diabetes care during the school day is important.
Some older kids might be more comfortable testing their blood sugar and injecting insulin. Younger kids and those who just found out they have diabetes will need much more support with their everyday diabetes care.
In a perfect world, all teachers and other school staff would understand how to manage diabetes so they could support your child as needed. But in reality, we will need to provide information to the school and work with staff to keep your child safe and healthy. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
It is important to share with the school staff the following:
Team up with School Staff Work with teachers and other staff to make sure all the bases are covered for a safe and successful year.
Kids with diabetes need to be physically active just like other kids. In fact, physical activity can help them use less insulin because it lowers blood sugar. Talk with the physical education instructor about what your kid needs to participate fully and safely.
Create a backpack checklist that you and your child can use every day to be sure all necessary supplies are packed with a few examples below:
All in all, diabetes and life in general is by nature ever-changing and unpredictable. But with a bit of organisation, you can at the very least feel confident that you and your child can adapt to whatever scenario pops up at school. Remember, you're doing the best you can and there is no perfect solution. This is where inviting in extra support (such as notifying and equipping teachers) can be significantly important. Don't be afraid to invite your child into this conversation and work with them collaboratively on making a diabetes plan that makes them feel confident too.
Please remember, it is important to consult with a doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance on how to manage diabetes.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.