Kids going back to school have a lot on their minds. Will my friends be in my class? Which teachers will I have? What should I wear on the first day? However, children with diabetes, and their parents, have something else on their minds: how do we manage this disease during the many hours spent at school, on field trips and in extra-curricular activities?
Diabetes does not have to get in the way of your child's good experience at school. Parents and schools have the same goal: to ensure that students with diabetes are safe and that they are able to learn in a supportive environment. Building a strong support network at school with nurses, teachers and coaches can help kids properly manage their diabetes. Here are a few tips for preparing your child for the school year:
Families, schools and health care providers can work together for the benefit of the student with diabetes. How does your community support children with diabetes?
Want to know more?
Diabetes Resources for Schools and Parents: http://ndep.nih.gov/hcp-businesses-and-schools/Schools.aspx
Type 1 Diabetes in School: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103439