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Dexcom & school for a 5 year old

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by mo779, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. mo779

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    Hello, my daughter will be going back to school in september, and I jiust wanted to get some advice on how people handle the whole CGM thing for a child that young. I was thinking of talking to the teacher and have him/her (dont know who the teacher is yet) carry it and watch for alarms, but that might be too much to expect from someone looking after 20+ kids. Then I thought maybe I should just keep it in my DD pocket or attach it to her somehow and just tell my daughter and the teacher to look out for alarms and treat if low? What do you guys do? Thanks.
     
  2. Shopgirl2091

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    My son is 5 and just started Kindergarten last month. He wears his Dexcom on the Tallygear case clipped to his spibelt (that's where he carries his pump). This has worked really well for us, the teacher doesn't always hear it alarm but he does and he tells her so that they can have someone come down from the office and help him if he is low, or high - or whatever he needs help with.

    I didn't want the teacher to have it all the time because in our school they go to specialists - i.e. - P.E., Library, etc. and the teacher isn't always there so I wanted it to stay with him all of the time.

    That has worked the best for us, the teacher will also check it when my son gets off the bus, and before he gets back on the bus and periodically throughout the day just to see where he is at.
     
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    Last year half way through 2nd grade was our first year with the CGM. The teacher kept it with her. It really seemed to help the teachers comfort level being able to check BS at any time.
     
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    Ava has been on the Dex since she was around three. We've moved a bunch so she has been to three different schools. In each school, she has had a bag with her meter, dexcom and some fast acting carbs. In each school the teachers passed the Dexcom off from main teacher to specialist. I feel it helps having the adult in the room know what the numbers are in case she is dropping quickly. I would talk to the teacher and the nurse. For us it made sense for the teachers to keep track of it, especially for things like gym and recess so she could just go play and be a kid. Other kids like wearing their dexcom. I guess what ever your kiddo is comfortable with. But just wanted to let you know that in three different schools, it hasn't been a problem training different teachers on it. Also, the range is so great now that it can sit on the teacher's desk or in the playground aide's pocket and read her.
     
  5. mo779

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    The problem is our school doesn't have a nurse. I will probably go the route of keeping the reciever with my daughter, and have the teacher be aware of how to check the number if/when it beeps. Also, try to get my daughter to tell the teacher when it beeps. I wish I never had to worry about all this, just so frustrating sometimes.
     
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    If there isn't a nurse then I feel even stronger that the adults need to be very well trained in diabetes care. Who will give her insulin at lunch time? Every kid/teacher is different, but for us, it worked really well having the teacher "in charge". It helped things like deciding if that cranky behavior was because she was high or just being sassy and if that weepyness was homesickness or a quickly dropping bg. Do you have a plan to meet with the teacher to train them on D? Leave the option open and do what works, but I found there were many benefits to having multiple people (teacher, gym teacher, librarian) know Ava and how her Dex worked. So many teachers over the years have said to us "what a wonderful piece of technology, it makes things so much easier". My kiddo was also notorious for ignoring alarms though, so it helped that it sat on the teachers desk and the buzzing couldn't just be turned off by the ok button. :wink:

    Also, does she wear it now? A never wore hers, we just keep it out on a table at home or in her D bag when we are out and about. So probably whatever you do at home would work at school too.
     
  7. mo779

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    Well we bring our daughter and son home at lunch time so basically the main worry time is between when we drop her off at school around 8am and pick her up at 12pm. She does not wear her dex, we also leave it out on the table at home. We will definitely be sitting down with her teacher.
     
  8. Portabella

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    We don't have a CGM yet, but I'd like one. What's the size of Dexcom G4 platinum pediatric? I can't find it on their website, sorry
     
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    My daughter has a nurse so I think I will leave it with her because I'm sure she'll appreciate being able to see what's going on. This will be our first school year with dex so I'm hoping it doesn't go too crazy with the alarms. If it's not feasible for the nurse to hold it, I'll just clip it on her spi belt.
     

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