Diabetes can be difficult to manage for both children and their parents.
The biggest challenge is the unpredictability of blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious health risks if not properly monitored.
For parents, this means that every day is different. You never know when your child’s levels will spike or drop unexpectedly.
When your child has diabetes, it’s hard to keep them safe and save them from an emergency situation.
So how do you make sure they stay comfortable and safe without you? The best way to ensure that they are comfortable and safe at school is with these six simple site
The importance of proper diabetes management
Every diabetic child has to develop a very thorough diabetic treatment plan to follow.
This plan should include things like insulin dosage, carbohydrate counting, basal rates, meal times, and snacks.
And while this might sound like a lot of work, if you’re the parent, it really is easier than you think. When your child gets sick or their blood sugar levels drop unexpectedly, the doctor or nurse will give them a formula for the most effective treatment.
This formula tells them the ideal numbers to achieve at different stages of the illness or diabetes.
It can be easy for them to follow if they know how to use this treatment plan properly.
It is important for them to do so because sometimes their own health can jeopardize their schooling.
What parents should know about their child’s blood sugar levels
How to recognize severe lows or highs How to prevent them from happening What to do if you see that your child’s blood sugar levels are dangerously low or high 3 ways to support students with diabetes at school The key to keeping children comfortable and safe is knowing what to do when it comes to their blood sugar levels.
Even if they are unsure how to manage this simple process, there are two simple ways to prevent a dangerous situation. If your child is tired, go ahead and offer them a snack. Want to make sure your child’s blood sugar is within a healthy range every single day? Then consider these two easy tips: 1. Assume high blood sugar before it’s really high Here’s a surprising fact: Kids’ glucose levels, like adults’, are actually always pretty consistent.
The importance of daily routines and what to do if blood sugar levels go low
It’s crucial that children with diabetes stay active, even if their blood sugar levels are higher.
They should make sure they get the exercise they need, eat a healthy, balanced diet, and make sure they always have a constant, reliable source of glucose.
Dangers of waiting too long for treatment If your child’s blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl (8.0 mmol/l), they can have a seizure, go into a coma, or have a diabetic seizure. Once you lose consciousness, it is very difficult to get back.
If your child has a seizure, they need to go to the hospital immediately.
If you are having a seizure, it’s extremely important that you eat at least five grams of glucose and have your blood sugar levels checked immediately.
What happens if your child is feeling unwell?
What happens if your child is feeling unwell? An unwell child is not always easy to identify or handle, which means they can go unnoticed by their parents.
That’s why it is essential for parents to know what to do if their child is unwell. If your child is unwell, you can do the following: Have a checklist of your own.
To be safe, let your child lead the way. Write down exactly what your child needs to do: go to the toilet, eat or drink, tell you if their breath smells or their head hurts, or if they are feeling dizzy, lightheaded, short of breath, hot or cold, or extremely dizzy or weak.
This list will help you know when to check your child’s blood sugar levels or administer insulin.
How to keep your child safe at school
1. Educate teachers and staff Teachers and staff need to be educated on the signs of low blood sugar and how to deal with it.
This is particularly important for schools with children who are not identified as diabetic. The work of the AAO’s education committee has made it easier to spread the education of children with diabetes and all children with Type 1 diabetes.
I personally love seeing the blue push pins that indicate children with Type 1 diabetes on the classroom wall.
2. The pump Having a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is the most important thing that any parent with a child with diabetes needs to own.
Children’s blood sugars can be unreliable at best, so it’s essential that you always have this device with you.
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