June 2, 2023


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Consultant: Allow the diabetes student to self-examine and take “insulin” during class

Professor and consultant of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Professor Abdul Moeen Eid Al-Agha, called on all teachers to take into account the health status of children with diabetes, especially type 1 insulin-dependent, with the need for teachers in the school to have full knowledge of the symptoms of low and high sugar and how to treat them. In the school, explaining that if the student wants to perform the analysis through his device to find out the blood sugar level during the lesson, he must be allowed to do so immediately in order to avoid complications of the disease that may (God forbid) be acute and chronic complications, severe complications include severe hypoglycemia As well as acute hyperglycemia with ketogenesis from what is called “diabetic ketoacidosis”, and acute complications occur quickly, in contrast to chronic complications that occur over long-term years, and not every diabetic patient is exposed to complications (only those who did not maintain a balanced blood sugar levels), In addition to allowing him to take insulin anywhere and according to necessity, with the need to have small refrigerators to store insulin, and to take care of him and in the case of his illness and not leave him alone N note and contact his father when necessary.

He said that it is the rights of a student with diabetes to be allowed to go to the toilet at any time, and to take into account his medical condition, as he may need to be absent from school to go to medical appointments or enter the hospital, and he is also allowed to participate in all school activities, and they should not be treated unfairly. Special for the rest of the students.

Al-Agha pointed out that the health care of the diabetic student in the school plays an important role in achieving several goals, the most important of which is ensuring his safety during school hours, ensuring good control of diabetes in the long term, ensuring that the student obtains the ideal educational achievement, and he should participate in developing a plan care, both the parent, the child, the diabetes health care team, and the school care team

The group needs special care and an appropriate environment that enables them to spend their school day normally. In the absence of coordination between the parents and the school, the child may develop the accompanying symptoms if he is not given the injection on time, and he may also suffer from a severe drop in sugar and fainting if he does not eat meals on time. Therefore, this group must be dealt with flexibly in order to preserve their safety and health, with the importance of eating breakfast from home in the morning to maintain the blood sugar level.

He stressed the need for the school administration to provide information about each diabetic student in the school, which includes:

His full name, address, phone number of his parents and treating doctor, detailed information about his treatment, doses and timing, and detailed information about the appropriate healthy food for him. This information should also be taken from the parents and the medical care team for the student’s diabetes documented by a medical report.