To put the friend's parents at ease, it is important that they are well equipped with the knowledge and information they need. Including information on when the child should measure his or her blood glucose and take insulin.
They should be able to measure blood glucose and know where to turn if something should happen. They should also know how to treat low or high blood glucose; a written checklist is also useful (fill in our form). It is also important for the child to bring along a personal page with current phone numbers for the parents or another contact person in case of emergency (fill in our form).
Steps for a safe and carefree sleepover
The amounts of insulin, food and exercise affect the child's blood glucose.
Always contact the child's parent/guardian if blood glucose is too high or too low.
Never send a child home alone if he or she has low blood glucose or feels funny.
In the event of unconsciousness do not put anything in the child's mouth! Call an ambulance!
The child should always have some form of ID (e.g. card, necklace, bracelet) that indicates that they have diabetes.
The child should always carry glucose, which quickly helps in the event of a drop in blood sugar.
Diabetes can make people in his/her presence to feel uncomfortable. Consult the child's diabetes team as they can provide practical tips on what is important to inform others about.
Inform all school staff members that the child has diabetes and let them know what should be done in the event of an accident.