What to Tell the Teacher About Your Child's Medicines
As the new school year approaches, you collect supplies, buy new tennis shoes and get ready to pack all sorts of healthy lunches.
If your child has a condition such as asthma or diabetes, either Type 1 or Type 2, you also worry about introducing a new teacher to your child’s health needs. Though you have kept an eye on them all summer, your child’s teacher does not know how your child acts when their blood sugar is low or they are about to have an asthma attack.
It’s important to educate school officials and new teachers about your child’s health since they spend so much time caring for your child. You can make it easier for teachers to understand your child’s needs by creating a health information sheet that includes:
- What medicines and medical devices (like testing devices) should be kept at school
- Medicine schedule (when to take it and in what dosage)
- Testing schedule if your child has diabetes
- Any allergies or asthma triggers
- Any special instructions from your child’s physician about food, physical activity, water, restroom access, etc.
- Condition signs or symptoms that indicate trouble
- Instructions on what to do in a health-related emergency
- Multiple emergency contact numbers, including your family physician’s number
Give copies of these forms to your child’s teachers, bus driver, the school nurse and any coaches or group leaders. Talk to them about your child’s condition and answer any questions they may have.
Remember that teachers may have to learn about the health conditions of several children every year. By creating and sharing an information sheet, you ensure that they can quickly help your child.