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As a teacher, how do i take care of a student with diabetes or asthma in school?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Learn about them: It is important for anyone who is an adult supervisor for children to understand any and all diseases that they may have. Failure to recognize early asthma as a cough could lead to delayed treatment and possibly worsen the outcome of a medical intervention. Failure to recognize the signs of anaphyaxis in a bee allergic child could result in death from delayed treatment with an epipen (epinephrine).
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Learn warning signs:: Diabetes-"out of it", jittery, inattentive, unsteady, shaky hands - can mean hypoglycemia (an emergency); running to the bathroom a lot - possibly out of control diabetes. Rapid breathing, fruity smell - possible DKA (an emergency). Asthma - out of breath, gasping - possible emergency.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Education: Really great to hear from a teacher! from a diabetes perspective, the best thing to do for your own comfort as well as for the safety of your student, ask the family to arrange for the diabetes nurse educator to review education with you. In pittsburgh we do this regularly. The information is not difficult to learn and will help you to identify when the student needs to check blood sugars, etc.

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