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Starting school with a Diabetes diagnosis

Dr. Daina Dremaine is an endocrinologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech School of Medicine (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Daina Dremaine is an endocrinologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech School of Medicine (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Before school starts, it's a good lesson for everybody to know the possible symptoms of diabetes.

A problem could pop up anywhere. Whether you're in class, on the playground, or just walking down the hall, the child next to you could suddenly develop low blood sugar and need help.

Dr. Daina Dremaine is an endocrinologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. She says any of these could be clues... "What you can see sometimes - confusion, the child looks spaced out. they can look pale, sweaty, clammy, anxious, fidgety. Little children may even get combative. Each child can present a little differently so it's important to know signs and symptoms from the parent."

Dr. Dremaine says she hopes children with diabetes will explain the condition to their circle of friends, or even to their classroom if they feel comfortable doing that. She says the more people who know what could happen in an emergency, the better chance any emergency will be taken care of quickly.

She adds it's important for teachers to know that a child with diabetes who is not feeling well should never be sent to the nurses office alone. There is always the risk that child could pass out, so someone needs to be with them when any symptoms develop.

Most importantly, she says she wants every family coping with a diabetes diagnosis to understand this condition is manageable.  It just takes teamwork. And as the school year begins, teachers and nurses understand that and want to be a part of that team.

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