Diabetic children need more help at school, say parents

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With juvenile diabetes on the rise, parents are urging the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to do more for their diabetic children.

Many students with type 1 diabetes can lose consciousness if and when their blood sugar goes low and it can also be life-threatening.

As TDSB approves plan to stock naloxone kits in high schools, parents of diabetic children are hoping schools carry a diabetes kit with a powerful hormone called Glucagon that’s administered with a syringe. Furthermore, they want teachers to learn how to administer it. Now, they’re eyeing a fresh chance to make that happen.

The TDSB, the city’s largest board, just decided to allow naloxone kits into high schools in an effort to prevent potentially fatal opioid overdoses. Parents of those suffering type 1 diabetes say its time to consider Glucagon, too.

“Glucagon training is the bare minimum. Every school should have it,” one parent said to a news outlet.

Diabetes Canada is also pushing for that, arguing in a policy paper that school personnel need to be ready to deal with a severe hypoglycemic reaction.

The TDSB issued a statement saying its teachers have plans to help students manage their diabetes, but it’s not considering changing its procedures to stock Glucagon. Students can bring their own kits to school, the emailed statement says, but teachers aren’t responsible for administering it.

The current procedure requires schools to contact 911 should severe hypoglycaemia be suspected and provide the Glucagon to emergency services personnel to administer when they arrive.
A change at TDSB could lead to changes elsewhere

The school board estimates as many as one in 300 students has type 1 diabetes, while many more have the non-insulin dependent type 2.

Some schools have part-time nurses, she says, but diabetes is an “illness of vigilance” that requires constant attention.

It is unlikely TDSB or any other school board for that matter would consider the proposal. Because teachers would first off be apprehensive about administering any medicine in case anything went wrong and they ended up getting sued.

It is safer to simply call 911 and have true professionals take charge of any medical emergency that could potentially be life-threatening. – CINEWS

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