Pediatric diabetes is a serious chronic disease in which the pancreas does not make insulin or the body cannot use insulin properly. A child with Type 1 diabetes injects insulin to help the body move sugar from blood into cells for energy. Children with Type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but their bodies are not able to use it very well.
Maintaining the rigorous schedule required to manage diabetes can be difficult for many young people, especially at school. Social stigmas and other restrictions reduce the likelihood that medical regimens will be followed, which can jeopardize a child’s health. Until 2011, students were limited in their ability to provide their own diabetes care at school.
The Diabetes Care Act, passed in 2011, allows capable children to carry their own supplies, check their own blood sugar and administer insulin whenever and wherever they need to. For kids who cannot administer their own care, the law requires schools to have “delegated care aides” trained by a medical professional who specializes in diabetic care.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Medical Group are committed to helping young people with diabetes stay safe and healthy at school. Our certified diabetes educators train with school staff and delegated care aides on any number of topics:
- Glucagon Training
- Diabetes Care Aid Training
- All School Staff Training
- Diabetes Medical Management Plans
- 504 Plans
To inquire about training or to schedule a Certified Diabetes Educator for your child’s school, call 847.313.9330.