Start Planning for Back to School Early

 

First, when planning for the school year it is always a good idea to seek support from your child’s diabetes team. For younger children the diabetes team may give a letter of recommendation for the need to have access to non-teaching support such as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) to help with diabetes management during school. Read more about SNAs role at schools here https://www.diabetes.ie/special-needs-assistants-and-non-teaching-support

 

The dietitian will be able to offer helpful advice about suitable school lunches, snack ideas and what to eat around exercise and play time. If you have not had a chance to see a dietitian, see more information about what to include in a lunch box here https://www.diabetes.ie/lunchtime/

 

The diabetes nurse will help with tips on when to blood glucose monitor in school and suggests targets to aim for, what advice to give to the school regarding glucose monitoring and insulin administration. The diabetes team should help with writing up the plan for diabetes care during school hours.

Also, talk to your child, make sure that they understand the importance of eating their lunch and snack, make sure they know that they need to eat extra on days of activity, be satisfied that they will inform the teacher if and when they feel unwell and talk to them about how they feel about testing blood glucose and/or giving insulin in school. Decide whether it should happen in a class-room, or a separate, quite room and agree on a common plan.

 

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