How do I get and maintain a diabetes medical management plan for my child?

If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, several professionals can help you create a medical management plan specific to your child's individual needs. Your primary care physician or pediatrician can help you develop this plan.  You should talk with your doctor about medications and lifestyle changes for your child; ask if a referral to an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) is needed. A diabetic educator, a nutritionist or registered dietitian can also help. Regular follow-up will also be needed for making adjustments in care and for maintaining your plan. These specialists can also direct you to further reading and research regarding your child's diabetes.
Parents are responsible for getting the physician's orders, or completed diabetes medical management plan (DMMP) form for the school.

The DMMP is developed and signed by the student's personal health care team and parent/guardian with the specific needs of an individual student in mind. It should detail all the elements of care and assistance for that student.

Once the DMMP has been provided to the school, it is implemented collaboratively by the school diabetes team, which includes the school nurse, student, parent/guardian, and other school personnel.

The DMMP should be updated annually or whenever the child's regimen, level of self-management, or school circumstances change.

Some health care practitioners will prefer to use their own forms.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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