BY JOSEPH HANNA
AT BACK TO school
time, the parents of kids
living with diabetes have
extra things to consider,
such as: What diabetic
supplies will my child
need? How will my child
take insulin at school?
Who can help in an
emergency? If you have a
child with diabetes, here
are some tips to help alleviate your concerns.
Create a management plan
Schedule a meeting with your child’s doctor or pharmacist to create an individualized
diabetes management plan while your child is
at school. This would include information
about when your child’s blood glucose should
be taken, your child’s meal plan, the type
and amount of insulin your child takes and
at what times, the treatment plan for low and
high blood sugars and contact information
in case of an emergency. An example of a
diabetes management plan can be found by
visiting the Everyday Magic website (“Newly
Diagnosed: Going Back to School After a
Type 1 Diagnosis”;
Educate your child’s school staff
It’s imperative that the sta; at your child’s
school are prepared for their role in caring for
your child during his or her time at school.
Schedule a meeting with your child’s
principal and teacher to discuss your
child’s individual diabetes management plan. Show them how to use
your child’s blood glucose meter.
Educate them on your child’s
tion and storage, signs and symptoms of dia-
betes complications, what tasks your child
can do and how an adult can help with the
procedure. Notify them at least 24 hours in
advance when there’s a change in your child’s
Many online resources can help, including the American Diabetes Association
(“Back to school tips”;
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases (“Heading back to school
niddk.nih.gov) or Diabetes
Self-Management (“Back to school”; diabetes
Prepare for emergencies
Provide your child’s teacher with instructions on what to do in case of low blood sugars. Emphasize that it should be treated right
away to avoid emergency situations. Most
children over the age of 6 can feel when their
sugars are low, but may still need assistance
with correcting it. Provide the teacher with a
Tips for students with diabetes
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THE COS TCO CONNECTION
Medications for diabetes, blood glucose
monitoring kits and other items to help
with diabetes and other health needs
can be obtained at Costco pharmacies.
Costco warehouses also offer low-glycemic nutrition bars.
supply of a fast-acting sugar (e.g., glucose tablets or juice), and stock extra snacks in the
classroom if needed. Older children may be
able to keep these supplies in their backpacks.
Store a glucagon kit at your child’s school and
provide instructions on how to use it. Have
your child wear a medical ID bracelet to indicate that he or she has diabetes.
Teach your child to perform self-care
Encourage and support your child in
becoming gradually involved in the management of his or her diabetes as soon as your
child shows a willingness and ability to do so.
Educate your child about diabetes and determine which tasks your child can do safely on
his or her own at school. You’d be surprised at
just how much your child can do, given the
chance. As your child becomes older,
he or she can begin to take on
larger roles in diabetes self-care.
When it comes to children
with diabetes, there’s a lot to
keep track of. But by working together with your
child, the school and your
child’s healthcare team,
you can help transition
your child into the new
school year. C
Juice can help when blood sugar drops.
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