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Return to School – Diabetes

There are 3 types of diabetes (see below) and the incidence of diabetes is increasing significantly in developed countries. My T1 14yr old has gone back to a new set of teachers. Before school begins, I like to speak candidly to my daughter’s teachers, and I prefer to have the introductory conversations in a face-to-face setting so that I can gauge the educator’s level of preparedness and empathy. They filed the suit in federal court, arguing that their children’s right to an education was abridged because schools did not have enough medical staff on hand. Recognizing normal, low and high blood sugar levels was the least known. Students who expressed a preference for an actively involved teacher had more positive feelings about the support they received from teachers and perceived a higher level of support from their most supportive teacher. Not only will he or she be able to address the medical issues, but also it’s reassuring to have another adult in the room.

Claire O’Connor, paediatric diabetes specialist nurse at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Children spend a large proportion of their time in school, so Kirstin and I felt it was important to empower education staff to confidently, safely and effectively support children with type 1 diabetes. For years I thought it was important that the teachers know how scary diabetes is. Allow student to use the bathroom when a request is made. It’s essential for teachers to be able to identify the early warning signs of a hypoglycaemic episode. More positively, a 2009 study found that students with type 1 diabetes strongly value peer and teacher support. First and foremost, the child with diabetes needs and want to feel unique and special, just like every other student in your class. Yes, these facts might seem obvious to those of us living with diabetes, but in the general community, knowledge like this can help explain why a student’s BGL levels might appear much higher than they actually are.

Is your son embarrassed that he is different? This will help you identify when their blood sugars might be getting too high or low. Take Action – Prevent Diabetes! Using a log book – to document blood glucose levels and physical activity that occurred each day with comments as necessary. He/she may be tired and lethargic at school and their behaviour may be different. The Children with Diabetes website suggests sharing information about low blood sugar and prompting classmates to respond appropriately if an insulin reaction occurs. In addition, the website suggests providing information to dispell the myths about the causes of type 1 diabetes.

A modifiable letter to tell parents about the presence of a student with diabetes and to inform them that their son or daughter has been provided with diabetes-related facts can also be found on the website. If the child vomits at school it is a danger signal that he/she may have fluctuating blood glucose levels. I try to be as flexible as possible while making sure my child receives that care that she needs. Then get regular checkups to make sure your child stays healthy.

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