One of the most common concerns parents have after their child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is whether their child will be OK during the school day. "They are not with their child, and understandably they want to make sure the school staff can care for a child with diabetes," says Dr. Steven Willi, director of the Diabetes Center for Children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Don't worry! The school has most likely enrolled other children with diabetes through the years, and the staff may be used to administering insulin. If not, your diabetes care team is available to help the school meet your child's needs. To make the transition back to school easier, there are a few things you can do:
Real Mom Tip: "My daughter is in a private school, and the school nurse used to be a diabetes counselor. Brynn goes to her office for blood testing. By this point, it's been more than a year, so both Brynn and the nurse pretty much know what the numbers mean." -- Christina Coleman, Los Angeles
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