Kids, School and Diabetes

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

For a parent of a child with diabetes, getting a new school year off to a good start takes more than making sure the child has the right school supplies. People at the school need to know how to handle the child’s needs.

The director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, advises:

“Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes. Meet with the school health team to discuss your child’s diabetes plan. And provide the school with your child’s diabetes supplies and medicine.”

An online publication called “Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed’’ has in-depth guidance for school workers, parents and kids. For the child, it would include knowing who is on the school health team.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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