- Prepare the Teacher.
Always prepare your child’s teachers by telling them ahead of time that your child has diabetes. Never try to hide it from them – this could only be harmful to your child. Explain that this is a serious medical condition. Give a short explanation about diabetes and provide written information that deals specifically with your child.
Create a word document that you can hand to each adult that takes care of your child. It’s also a great idea to tape a photo of your child onto the page. Teachers have so many students to remember that this will help them identify your child easily.
Get a Phone – Invest in a cellular phone. This could literally save your child’s life. This also allows teachers to contact you immediately in the event they have questions or problems.
Stay Close – Remain near your child’s activity in case of emergency. The exception would be if a qualified nurse were on staff, such as at school.
Remember to stay out of sight, as your child needs to become independent of you. Talk frequently with the teacher about warning signs and other areas about which you have concerns.
Carry Supplies – Always carry emergency diabetic supplieswhen you take your child to an activity. Supplies could include: meter and blood sugar testing supplies, juice, food, glucagon kit, milk, and water
- Help for Your Child’s Sitters & Caregivers (Kids Diabetes)
Make a Notebook – Prepare a slim notebook of information to give to baby-sitters and caregivers. Create a form in a word document and give to the baby sitter.
Practice Shots & Tests – Show sitters and caregivers how you perform shots and blood sugar tests. Help them to perform the same procedures on your child while in your presence.
Demonstrate Glucagon – Show sitters and caregivers where the emergency glucagon is located and be sure they know how to use it. Review this information with them several times a year.
Provide Supplies – Provide your sitters and caregivers with all necessary testing supplies, food, and drink.
Carry Your Phone – Carry your cellular phone and be sure your sitter or caregiver feels comfortable calling you about questions they might have, not just in emergency situations