August 23, 2019
After a long, eventful, hot summer, many parents are ready for the school routine to be back in full swing. If your child has a chronic illness and is heading back to school, ensure they have the tools they need to manage their chronic illness so they can fully focus on enjoying their next year of school.
Back to School Tips for Kids with Chronic Illness
While all kids deal with transitioning from summer to school, kids with chronic illness face some extra challenges. A little planning and preparation go a long way to helping your child feel prepared and ready to tackle the new school year with confidence.
Parent – Back to School Responsibilities
If you’re the parent of a child with chronic illness, there are a few tasks you need to take care of at the beginning of the school year.
Communicate Your Child’s Healthcare Plan
Most schools will not let children bring medications to school with them, so make sure you make arrangements to drop them off beforehand. If there are any other details your child’s teacher or school nurse needs, put them in writing and provide both a hard copy and an electronic copy via email.
If your child has to miss school on a regular basis due to flare-ups or appointments, talk to your child’s teacher(s) beforehand. Forming a plan to help manage schoolwork missed can relieve stress and give your child the best chance of managing their workload.
Kid – Back to School Responsibilities
Supporting your child means helping them manage their own health as age-appropriate.
Discuss the Back to School Routine
As school starts, discuss the back-to-school routine with your child. After testing out your routine for a few weeks, check in with your child and see if there’s anywhere you could both improve.
Use Technology as Appropriate
If your child needs to take medication at a certain time, try using a watch with silent (or quiet) alarms to help them be their own health advocates. If they have access to a smart phone or tablet device, they may want to use it to track food and symptoms as well.
Talk About How to Stay Healthy
Remind your child of good hygiene practices (like washing hands, coughing/sneezing into elbow, etc.) to ensure they avoid germs where possible. Also discuss with them the strategies they use to avoid flare-ups when possible, and talk about what those strategies look like in a school setting.
Chat About Feelings
It’s good to check in with your kids regularly about how they’re feeling about school, friends, and chronic illness. Giving them an open forum to talk about how they really feel means you get the opportunity to help them feel heard and help them find solutions where necessary. Some topics might include: how to talk to other kids about their chronic illness, what to do when they’re feeling overwhelmed with illness management and schoolwork, etc.
Don’t Forget to Celebrate!
The beginning of the school year isn’t all stress — it’s also an exciting time! Find ways to celebrate the beginning of another year with your child. If you’re excited, they will be too (whether they want to admit it or not)!
Therapies We Administer
Infusion Express administers high quality infusion and injection therapies, including:
Pediatric Infusions and Injections at Infusion Express
If biologic infusions or injections are a part of your child’s chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing Infusion Express for their ongoing care needs. Infusion Express makes it possible to receive therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.
With a private suite for every patient, you and your child can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out. Each suite has chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private to accommodate siblings or friends during your child’s treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including after school, evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.
At Infusion Express, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If your family is ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your child’s infusion or injection therapy to Infusion Express.