School is a very big part of your life. It is really important to prepare yourself to handle diabetes at school just as you would at home. It can make a big difference in your experience when you manage it well.
Many school rules are not made with kids with diabetes in mind. You may need to test and do insulin injection in class, eat snacks when necessary, eat lunch at a certain time with plenty of time to finish the meal and also have easy access to water and time to take bathroom breaks.
Experts point out that meeting your school teachers to explain diabetes to them can help make plans that accommodate you. This way, you can educate the adults in school on your needs and what they need to do to help you while in school.
Cooperating with doctors and diabetes-care team is important because everyone with diabetes is different and your document will need to be tailor-made to fit you!
Some handy tips for school
- Stay supplied. Make sure you have all the supplies like testing supplies, medication and snacks you need at school.
- Prepare kits for low blood sugar and emergency for your school. These kits should include items you may need—like glucose tabs, juice boxes, packets of cheese and crackers. Your parents should include a written note from your doctor telling when and how to give glucagon. At least one person at the school should be able to administrate it.
- Wear your medical identification bracelet or necklace. This is very important when you attend any activities outside of school where people might not be aware that you have diabetes.
- Pre-plan for school parties. Discuss your options with your doctor and parents beforehand and they may need to make changes to your insulin doses.
- Get your parents and teachers together. They can discuss the possibilities of excursions, exhausting activity or exercise, how to contact you and any other special needs.
Friends in school
Sometimes other kids at school who don’t understand diabetes may hassle anyone who is different from them.You might also be worried about the things they might say to tease you.
Here are some things you can do about it:
Solution #1: Let your parents know and they can tell your teacher what’s going on. Sometimes it helps if your parents can teach your class and their parents about diabetes.
Solution #2: Tell your best friends about your diabetes. They can support you, cheer you up and back you up if other kids are hassling you.
Solution #3: Prepare a comeback for yourself in case you are faced with this kind of situation.