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The child care center or school should provide safe storage for your child's medicines. Also, they should provide a private place for your child to receive care, if desired.

The child care center or school should provide an adult staff member and a backup person who are:1

  • Able to test your child's blood sugar level, record the results, and take the correct action for high or low blood sugar levels.
  • Trained to give insulin and glucagon, if needed.
  • Able to test your child's urine for blood or ketones and know what to do if the results are not normal.
  • Aware of your child's meal and snack schedule and can remind your child when it is time to eat again.

Also, your child should have permission to:

  • Eat a snack anywhere, including the classroom and school bus. Make sure this is in the diabetes care plan.
  • Use the restroom and drink liquids as needed.
  • See school health personnel whenever he or she asks.
  • Miss school (without consequences) for medical appointments.

If your child can do a blood sugar test, let the staff know that your child may need help when his or her blood sugar level is low and may need to be reminded to eat or drink something during these times.

A child should never be left alone when his or her blood sugar level is low.

Contact the American Diabetes Association for a sample diabetes care plan and other information for teachers and child care providers.

For older children who take their own insulin to school, check the school rules for kids carrying their own medicine, needles, and blood sugar meters. Many schools do not allow kids to carry any kind of medicine without special permission.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: December 04, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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