Diabetes and Children

School Lunch

Children with Diabetes need trained adults who are willing and able to help them in order to meet their Diabetes requirements at school, as they do at home. Although the basics of Diabetes management are similar, each child with Diabetes has different needs and must have an individualized care plan. Your child should have trained school personnel to assist with sugar monitoring, interpretation of results and appropriate management of high or low blood sugar levels according to the treatment care plan. The school should ensure immediate accessibility to the treatment of low blood sugar. It should provide your child permission to test blood sugar and help take the appropriate action accordingly. If desired by the child or family, the school should provide a private place for sugar testing and insulin administration. A child with Diabetes should have free access to fluids (i.e. water) and to use the restroom as necessary.  

You should work with the school personnel to coordinate your child’s meals and snacks schedule, preferably to match with that of other kids as closely as possible. Having Diabetes does not mean that your child must follow a strict diet. Children with Diabetes can still enjoy the foods they like; however, this requires a little planning. Each child has different needs and preferences and must have an individualized care plan. Your child’s school meals and snacks should be planned based on healthy food choices. The dietitian will help you work out what foods are best for your child and how often to eat them. The Diabetes team will also discuss your child’s food and insulin requirements so that the insulin schedule can be tailored to your child’s needs and lifestyle.