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.