Category Archives: children’s diabetes

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children. For parents of children with diabetes getting ready for the upcoming school year not only means buying school supplies such as backpacks, pencil, notebook, etc. but also diabetes supplies to keep their children safe at school and during school events.

Here are steps you can take to keep your children safe:

1. Notify the school right away if your child has diabetes.
2. Develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan.
3. Meet with your child school nurse to go over your child health plan.
4. Have a low blood sugar rescue box “Low Box” (items to bring blood glucose levels into range). It will hold anything from juice boxes to fruit snacks to diabetes supplies, i.e., glucose meter, test strips, glucagon pen and lancing device, etc.
5. Be an active member of the school health team.


The American Diabetes Association has a “Safe at School” webinar.

Register for the Back-to-School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes held Thursday, August 10th, 2017!
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Diabetes Management: Tips To Help Your Kids

When you learn that your child has diabetes it can be very overwhelming. To keep your child’s disease under control, it is important to follow a routine and monitor their prescriptions carefully. Read the tips below to help avoid medication errors and keep your child feeling good.
  •  Get medication instructions written out from the doctor.
  •  Keep medication all in one place.
  • Make a list of all the medications your child takes and why they take each drug.
  • Use some form of a reminder device to help remember when to administer your child’s medication.
  • Don’t let your child take their medication on their own; always make  sure they are following the directions correctly.
  • Understand insulin dosing. 
  •  Learn ways to manage low blood sugar through diet and exercise.
  • Create a diabetes management plan with the school your child attends.
Keeping the lines of communication open with friends, family, and school teachers is important when it comes to diabetes treatment. Also remember that children like to be involved in the planning and treatment of their diabetes. Make sure you are always educating them about the importance of dealing with the disease and working together will make it all the easier.