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Your child’s health is probably what is most important to you as a parent. Because diabetes is somewhat difficult to manage, it’s normal to have concerns about the start of the school year. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition back to school.
Managing diabetes requires your child to be more autonomous. Also, your child will want to fit in with his/her peers and not feel different. Therefore, it is important to be well-prepared for this new challenge to achieve success!
To manage on his/her own at school, your child must first understand the disease and why insulin is so important. These instructions must also be given to the staff members who will be in contact with your child.
Informing school staff of your child’s state of health is absolutely necessary. Ideally, you should meet with the staff members who will be in charge of your child’s well-being (teacher, lunch monitor, after-school care worker, nurse, etc.).
Here are some examples of issues that should be discussed during such a meeting:
Here are a few additional tips for a successful return to school:
Back to school requires parents to put their trust in other adults in managing their child’s health. This can be a great concern for parents. Being well-prepared and having adequate communication with school staff if essential so that your child can enjoy his/her experience at school like other children. Moreover, your pharmacist is always there to help you if you need it. Also, the www.diabete.qc.ca/en/ website contains pertinent information on managing diabetes at school.
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