Diabetes in Children: Care Plan for School or Day Care - Topic Overview
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
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
- Trained to give insulin and glucagon, if
- 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
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
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
Contact the American Diabetes Association for a sample
diabetes care plan and other information for teachers and child care
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.