Going back to school can be difficult for children with type 1 diabetes and their parents

In a couple of weeks, millions of children across the country will be heading back to school. For those who have type 1 diabetes, this could pose problems for their health.

The condition can be somewhat more challenging to control while at school. Type 1 diabetes requires frequent blood sugar testing and regular insulin injections. This can be difficult enough for parents to manage when their child is home from school for summer break, but when the individual is just one of many students, all of whom have their own unique needs, it can be challenging for diabetics to get the attention they need.

The American Diabetes Association says that there are some special laws in place intended to provide protection in school for children with type 1 diabetes. Under federal disability law, students with the condition are entitled to an Individualized Education Program, or IEP.

This document specifically lays out how a child's condition will be handled by education professionals during the school day. Staff at school are legally bound to follow the treatment approach outlined in an IEP, and this is one of the best ways for parents to be sure that their wishes for their child are being followed.

Alternatively, there are special schools that young people with type 1 diabetes can attend that are designed for the needs of individuals with the condition. While many parents may not be eager to separate their children from the general school-age population, these facilities can ensure that every child receives the exact attention and treatment they need.

Back-to-school time is often difficult to parents under any circumstances. But when their child has type 1 diabetes, it can be even more challenging. Planning ahead and preparing for the issues that may arise during the course of the year may help make things a bit easier.