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Daycare for Diabetic Children

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by BMW, May 17, 2006.

  1. BMW

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    I am interested in opening an in home day care that specialises in care for children with diabetes, and possibly other food related illnesses i.e. celiac, peanut allergy etc. I would like input on any thoughts, concerns, etc on this idea/subject. Thanks
     
  2. selketine

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    William is a type 1 diabetic and has a peanut allergy (touch allergic).

    Just curious if you have any experience with allergies as well as the diabetes? The peanut allergy or any anaphylactic allergy is very different than celiac. I would think it is a good niche market if you are in a big enough city especially.
     
  3. BMW

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    just a quick reply. I have experience in all of your questions... I have type one diabetes for more than thirteen years. I have worked at several camps for children with special needs; including juvinal diabetes. I also have close family member with sever peanut allergy. he is touch and airborne reactive.
     
  4. Laura

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    HA! Where were you when I needed you? My son has Type 1, Celiac and peanut/fish/egg allergies!

    I don't know how well it would go for you, I guess it depends on how many Diabetics live near you and need daycare. You could always advertise and see how it goes! Good luck.
     
  5. selketine

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    We don't know if William is airborne reactive or not - I don't want to find out!

    Where I live there are rules for opening a home daycare - a person has to have training and get a license and so forth. If you haven't already check and see if your city/county has those requirements. And perhaps someone there could tell you if you are allowed to advertise as being able to care for certain special needs - like type 1 and allergies - and if so, are you somehow more liable if something goes wrong. I assume you could take fewer kids and charge more than a regular home daycare.

    With diabetic kids you could use the type of forms schools use - that put out the details in a health care plan for each kid.

    With food allergic children the big thing would be, of course, control of what food comes into your home. You'd probably need to prepare all the food to assure it was safe for everyone. Kids wouldn't generally be able to bring lunch or snacks with them.

    I'd think you could advertise with the local pedi endos in your area too.

    Good luck! Sounds like a great service
     
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    i think its a great idea.. make sure you look into all the requirements and rules, regualtions, and insurances needed/.. great idea
     
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    That DOES sound like a great service. The public daycare centers here are "obligated" to take diabetic kids, but we're just going to wait until he's 3 and starts preschool because I'm too nervous about leaving my son with someone with no or limited diabetes experience. I think you'll get lots of business!
    Melissa
     
  8. BMW

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    FYI to all- I am going through the necessary channel to get my in home state licence and community CPR. There are limits here for the number of children in the home at a time, but I think when word gets out the idea could possibly take off. I've also contacted the ADA for all/any additional information. Thanks for all the input.
     
  9. EmmasMom

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    If I had an option like this I would probably use it!
    I think the key would be a very low number of kids. I can't imagine having more than 3-4 toddlers that all need insulin and blood sugar tests at every meal and snack. You could end up spending a significant amount of time drawing up insulin, learning new pumps and trying not to confuse what lancet belongs to whom... sounds like a lot to take on. But it will be great if you can do it!
     
  10. selketine

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    I think I would start out too by not taking more than one or two diabetic kids. I'm guessing the kids you have will be very young - 5 and under. I know you have experience with yourself and kids at camp but I think really young kids can be a different sort of challenge. William, for example, does not recognize his lows AT ALL - it is very hard to catch! He can also have huge drops quickly and is very sensitive to insulin. Toddlers have all sorts of quirks with diabetes that I think many little kids have!:D

    Having a fewer # of diabetic kids at least at first would give you some time to get used to it. I can't personally imagine the challenges too that a diabetic infant (say an 8 month old) would present! Another option would be to offer before and after school care - the older kids might be easier. Many folks around me do both - have before and after school care and have a few little kids during the day as well.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Sari

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    BMW - a daycare would be great! My son has been in Daycare since he was 4 months old. He was recently diagnosed with Diabetes at the age of 22 months. The corporte office at his current daycare said they didn't want to deal with the pump. Finding a daycare center that would deal with his Pump was VERY hard. He was very happy at his daycare and it tore me apart the thought of him not being able to stay there after already going thru a life changing disease. After many discussions with the corporate office and them getting a full understanding of the pump and Diabetes, they reversed their decision and said they would like to introduce it into their schools at this time. It felt like a huge victory for the little guys. I arranged training for the staff that volunteered (11 staff members volunteered!) and I have created a form that the staff must fill out daily at snack times and lunch. It tells the BG number, what he ate plus the amount of carbs and how much insulin the pump gave. The corporate office has them call me every time they do the pump. (good thing cause they calculated carbs wrong twice). But they/we are still learning. I also supplied a list of carbs in the daycare (they supply food) to make calculating easier.
    If you need any info, I would be happy to help. I can forward you the form the staff fills out daily if it helps. Good luck to you!
     

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