Exam days: Here’s how parents and teachers should care for a diabetic child

As the children gear up for their examinations, I would like to talk about something which isn’t spoken so openly. While each parent and each child prepares for these set of examinations with all their heart, mind and soul, a lot of us are still unaware of the situations that some of these kids with type 1 diabetes and their parents go through

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As the semester exams in school are quickly approaching. Today, I want to speak with you about exams and type 1 diabetes and how children are affected by them.

See basically, type 1 diabetes is a very taxing disease, it is difficult for the children to fight disease day by day, taking insulin shots three to four times a day, maintain their glucose logs and eat on time along with managing their studies.

Now when come around the corner, all the more help is required for such a child. But do we really offer enough help to these children.

I’m going to brief you on some health precautions which need to be followed during exams.

See, firstly it is very important that the child’s teacher should know what exactly the child is suffering from. Type 1 diabetes is a difficult thing to manage; these children are very much prone to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) and hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels).

Now, during the exams, a child having low blood sugar can have a confused state he will not be in a position to write well, all these things should be understood by the teacher.

The teacher should be watchful of the symptoms which the child is exhibiting, immediately offer sugar or sweets to the child, there should be a glucometer to check sugar levels. That is why all these precautions have to be followed in the exam hall.

Similarly, many times the child may have hyperglycaemia, due to which the child may have the urge to urinate frequently. So the teacher should be cooperative enough to understand this.

These minor things are very important. Often it happens that because of erratic sleep schedules which usually happens during the exams, erratic eating patterns the sugar levels may fluctuate, so these things have to be paid attention to.

It is very important that psychologically such a child has to be helped, because it is not the exam stress alone which child is handling but diabetes as well. So I think the teacher plays an important role.

The family has to be understanding, as they play an important role in understanding the child. The mother has to understand that she has to give proper types of food, special type of meals to the child during the exams, so that the nutrition is maintained.

So overall, it is going to be the responsibility of the teacher, family and the society at large to see that these children overcome hurdles in their life.

There are umpteen examples, where children with type 1 diabetes have done well in life. We should be responsible for the health of these children; together we can help change the current scenario.