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December 1st, 2013

IBD and the School Day: Tips for Parents and Children

By Brent Westra

Jeanne Tung, M.D., discusses helpful tips for parents and children that aim to minimize the impact of IBD on school experience.

Among these tips are:

  • Work with your child's teacher, principal, nurse, and phy-ed teacher, to create 504 plan that will allow for special accommodations during the school day.
  • In this 504 plan, be sure to include items like bathroom privileges, school hours, physical education, and testing accommodations.
  • Send an extra set of clothing that your child can keep in their backpack, locker, or with the school nurse.
  • Make sure your child is staying well-hydrated, especially during flares.
  • Children need extra calories when going through a flare, so send nutritious, yet high-calorie, snacks with your child.
  • Involve your child in this process! It's their body and they need to feel in control of what is going on.

Dr. Tung is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD.

Tags: 504 plan, Jeanne Tung, Tips from Clinicians

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