If your child has diabetes, work with your child care centre or school to build a care plan that meets your child's needs and gives specific instructions for how to handle the following:
You will need to give the staff all of the materials and equipment they need to care for your child, including supplies to do a home blood sugar test, insulin, syringes, glucagon (if it's in the care plan), and materials for testing for ketones. And you need to teach the staff how to use these materials. Remind the staff that your child needs access to the materials and equipment at all times, even on a field trip. Now and then, check the expiration dates of supplies your child has at school.
The child care centre or school should provide safe storage for your child's medicines. Also, they should provide a private place for your child to receive care, if desired.
The child care centre or school should provide an adult staff member and a backup person who are:footnote 1
Also, your child should have permission to:
If your child can do a blood sugar test, let the staff know that your child may need help when his or her blood sugar level is low and may need to be reminded to eat or drink something during these times.
A child should never be left alone when his or her blood sugar level is low.
Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association webpage, Kids with Diabetes in Your Care: Resource Kit, at www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/kids-teens-diabetes/kids-with-diabetes-in-your-care-resource-kit for more information for teachers and child care providers.
For older children who take their own insulin to school, check the school rules for kids carrying their own medicine, needles, and blood sugar meter. Many schools do not allow kids to carry any kind of medicine without special permission.
American Diabetes Association (2012). Diabetes care in the school and day care setting. Diabetes Care, 35(Suppl 1): S76–S80.
Other Works Consulted
Canadian Diabetes Association (2012). Kids with diabetes in your care. Canadian Diabetes Association. https://www.diabetes.ca/CDA/media/documents/diabetes-and-you/healthy-living-resources/kids-with-diabetes-in-your-care-booklet-2012.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2014.
Siminerio LM, et al. (2014). Care of young children with diabetes in the child care setting: A position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care, 37(10): 2834–2842. DOI: 10.2337/dc14-1676. Accessed October 9. 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Current as ofMarch 13, 2017
Current as of: March 13, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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