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4 Must-Know Tips for Back to School with Diabetes

 

Heading back to school is an exciting time, but it can require additional preparation if you have a child with diabetes. Today, we’ve asked MiniMed Ambassador [1], Chris, to talk about how he helps prepare for sending his son, Christian to school.

As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, the beginning of school marks a return to a more regimented routine and schedule. In some ways, I find it comforting knowing that my son is eating and sleeping on a regular schedule and has a health office on campus. Regardless, school has its own set of stresses that can be alleviated by taking a few additional precautions:

Tip 1: Get to Know the Staff

Tip 2: Visit the School’s Health Office

Back to School with Diabetes [2]Visiting the school to determine the level of support available is important. When my son was first diagnosed, there was not an onsite nurse available, and my son had to make the journey to the teacher’s kitchen to give himself insulin injections several times a day. At the time, teachers and school staff were legally prevented from assisting him with his T1D management.  Once we moved him to an insulin pump, he could manage his T1D needs more effectively and more discreetly. At 11 years old, he didn’t want to draw attention to himself and pump therapy provided him with what he needed. Here are a few additional thoughts to consider when helping your child get through the school year while effectively managing T1D:

Tip 3: Attend Open House

Never assume school staff understands T1D. Information and education is the key to successful T1D management at school. By talking with school staff, your child will have the foundation they need to have a successful school year. 

Tip 4: Prepare for College and Exams

Back to School with Diabetes [3]Now 17, my son is contemplating life after high school. As a parent, I’m a bit anxious with the thought of him going off to college. I can only hope that the independence of his T1D management is habitual at this point in his life.  I still check on him every night and that’s something I won’t be able to do once he’s off to college. Today, he’s very comfortable with publicly managing his T1D, is an avid, nationally competitive sailor, a level 1 certified US Sailing coach, a certified lifeguard and has an active social life, which includes a girlfriend. T1D has not prevented him from performing well in school or life. While it’s caused some speed bumps, I think he has matured emotionally as a result of his T1D, which will help him in life’s journey after high school.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.

– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.

– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems

– The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.

– Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.

For more information, please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/importantsafetyinformation [4].