Ways to Safely Vacation with Kids with Diabetes
Being the parent of a child that has diabetes does not mean that you should keep your kids from being able to enjoy the activities that others do. Young ones and even teenagers enjoy being able to go to camp during the summer, spend the night at a friend’s house, go to slumber parties or birthday parties or even go on vacations with the family. By simply taking the right precautions for the time away from home, your child will be able to enjoy the same things that their friends do, while being able to take care of their health at the same time.
One of the best things that you can do is to start planning well ahead of time for the trip that your young one will be taking. Naturally, your method of advance planning is going to depend on whether or not you are going to be with them, whether they will be with other family members or if they are going to be away on their own with friends. The amount of time that they are going to be away is also a factor in the equation when it comes to planning for their trip as well. If they are going to be away for awhile, one of the best things that you can do is to make a call to their doctor and get prescriptions for any medications that they are taking, in case they are in need of a refill while they are gone. This will keep their supply full and ensure they do not run out.
Of course, you should also get a letter from the doctor explaining how your child takes their medication as well as any other information that might be useful, such as allergies or equipment that they may need. It is also important that you include their insurance information as well as a written letter from you, the parent, giving consent for any medical attention that may be necessary in case of an emergency. If your child is too young to understand how they are supposed to take their medication and when, be sure that you review the procedure with any adults that will be responsible for your child while they are away, and explain signs and symptoms that they should be aware of in case of an emergency.
When packing a bag for your child, include extra medications and supplies. You want to know that they have plenty of syringes, medication for diarrhea and nausea, batteries for equipment, testing strips, insulin, snacks for low blood sugar and glucose tablets. There should also be a list of numbers to call in case of an emergency that includes your home, work and cell phone numbers, as well as their primary doctor and any hospitals that have their information. Don’t let them leave home without their ID bracelets as well. In taking the proper precautions, your child will be able to enjoy a vacation with their friends and not get left behind. It will also bring peace of mind to you that your child is prepared for anything.
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