How to Pack a School Lunch When Your Child Has Diabetes

U.S. News & World Report
By Jay Shubrook, DO August 18, 2015 | 7:00 a.m. EDT

Any parent can tell you that packing their child's lunch can be difficult. From including the right kind of juice to remembering to cut off the crusts, packing lunch for your kids can quickly get complicated. Lunch desires change more often than fashion trends. However, when your child has diabetes, school meal preparation becomes even more trying.

As a diabetes specialist with The Optimized Care Network and Touro University California, I understand the importance and special considerations of packing a lunch for a young student who has diabetes. Kids just want to be part of the group, and diabetes is one strong distinction. Each time they eat, they need to be cognizant of many things most people take for granted. People with diabetes often need carefully monitored, balanced diets. This means counting carbohydrate content, which will determine the insulin dosage the child needs at each meal. Whether a child has an insulin pump or insulin injections, parents must keep in mind the foods their kids are eating.

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