Starting School with IBD
It’s time to send the kids back to school but when you have a child with any medical problem you know that it can be quite stressful to relinquish control over your child’s health to anyone else. In this article we will discuss some tips to make this transition as smooth as possible.
1. Talk with the school as soon as possible. Meet your child’s teacher, the school nurse and principle. Make sure they are aware of your child’s issues and develop an “action plan” should your child have problems at school.
2. Get on the same page with your child’s pediatrician. They can help with the action plan if your school does not have the paperwork already in use. Make sure that any medications that need to be used at school have been signed off on by the physician and that all prescriptions are current and available to take on the first day.
3. Sit down with your child and talk about their concerns. They may be embarrassed to tell the teacher when they need to use the bathroom, for example. Sometimes working with the teacher to give the child an easy way to access the bathroom that doesn’t draw attention to them can help. A note from the pediatrician can help expedite this solution. It can also help to role play embarrassing situations ahead of time. Give your child something they are comfortable saying when other kids ask about their medical problems or frequent bathroom trips.
4. Meal plan ahead of time. There may be meals that will not be suitable for your child in the cafeteria. If that is the case you will need to pack lunches. Kids are more likely to eat healthy meals if they had a hand in planning and packing them. Making a list of all the foods your child loves, that are portable, can help when planning lunches.
A little preparation can save a lot of headache later. Have a wonderful school year everyone!!