Looking for daycare or preschool for your child with type 1 diabetes? You should know, said Mary Pat Gallagher, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at Columbia's Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, that your child is protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Unfortunately,” said Dr. Gallagher, “the Act cannot ensure that a capable adult will be available to provide appropriate care. Many school age children have a school nurse, but most daycare and preschool settings do not. As the incidence of type 1 diabetes increases in younger children, this issue becomes more common.”
The Naomi Berrie Center advises families to seek out a daycare or preschool setting that is willing to learn about diabetes and perform the necessary tasks. Some families have found that personnel are more comfortable after receiving formal training in administering medication, such as the Medication Administration Training (MAT), a program offered by various organizations around the country. “Many families have been successful in this search,” said Dr. Gallagher. “But many have not.”
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