Diabetes Care Plan_1 for Schools, What's In It?
Diabetes care plan_1 is an essential component of a diabetic child's school program. This will make it easier for both the child and the school since they will know what to do and what to expect especially each experience will be unique and will not be the same for every diabetic child.
This will help all the members of the school staff not only the teachers, principals and school nurse but also the coaches, school bus driver and workers in the school cafeteria. What to do is to meet with all these people before the child starts school and to update the plan each year before school opens.
- The mission of the diabetes care plan_1 is to meet the diabetic child's every need and so should have all the necessary information to cope with any unexpected situation.
- The diabetes care plan_1 should include not only the medical information but also on food and emergency contacts.
- Remember that the diabetic children want to be like their classmates and will not want to be left out. This has to be noted especially when there are special occasions like a field trip or a party.
Now let us look at a sample of a diabetes care plan for school. It should include not only information on the following but also how to handle each one.
- Oral Medication - Be certain to include written instructions on when and how much the child should take.
- Insulin - If the child takes insulin, make sure to give a written information along with a demonstration on how much and how to give the insulin to the child as well as how to store it. Show how to give the insulin whether it is through a shot, via an insulin pen or through the use of an insulin pump.
- Food - Explain to the school staff and anyone who will be in contact with the child that he should be allowed to have a snack anytime he needs it. Leave some food that your child has to take when he shows signs of low blood glucose. Give them a list of foods the child is allowed to eat and the time and the amount.
- Testing of blood sugar - The diabetes care plan_1 should specify when and how frequent to test the blood sugar. Testing may have to be done before lunch or whenever the child is showing signs of low blood sugar. The plan should also specify if an adult should test it. Older children may be able to do it but younger ones may need help.
- Testing ketones - this part of the plan should specify when and how to test the urine to see if ketones are present. The school nurse and some other staff members should know how to do this and if it is not normal, they should know what to do.
- Give contact information for parents and information on when to call 911 in an emergency situation. Provide the school with all the supplies needed and check the expiration date and replace them from time to time when needed. Let them know how to store the supplies.
- Signs of low or high blood glucose - Print the following and some related items and give a copy to all those who may be in contact with the child.
Low blood glucose is also known as hypoglycemia and it occurs when the sugar level in a diabetic drops below what is needed for the body to function properly. Some causes are taking too much insulin, exercising more than usual, skipping meals or not eating enough food. If the blood glucose drops very low and he does not get help, he could go into coma and perhaps die. The following may save his life:
Test the child's blood glucose so you do not have to guess when it is low or how much low it is. Watch for early symptoms of low blood sugar like excessive hunger, sweating, blurred vision, shakiness and dizziness.
The child should keep some hard candy, raisins, or the like with sugar at all times and should eat some at the first sign of low blood glucose. Show all those who may have contact with the child what to do when low blood sugar occurs.
High blood glucose is also known as hyperglycemia and it occurs when the sugar level in a diabetic rises above 200 mg/dL. This may lead to symptoms such as urinating and drinking often. Add more symptoms that the child has manifested on similar occasions. If not treated it could be life-threatening.
Give plenty of liquids to replace the fluids that have been lost. The best fluids to offer are water and drinks that are sugar-free. Don't offer fruit juice, caffeinated drinks, regular soda pop and any type of drinks that contain a lot of sugar.
There you have what the diabetic child needs to be safe in school. If you are facing with problems regarding this, call 1-800-diabetes (342-2383) and ADA will send you a form to request for help from one of their legal advocates. Hopefully though you will not have a problem in getting a diabetes care plan_1.
Diabetes Care Plan for Schools, It's the Law!
Diabetes care plan is essential for schools to ensure that the diabetic children are safe. There are federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1991, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act that protect diabetic children. These laws consider diabetes as a disability and so it is illegal for schools to discriminate against the children with diabetes.
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