- THE NATURE OF GSD
and how it affects the child.
- REGULAR MEALS AND SNACKS ARE ESSENTIAL
This may mean extra snacks are needed during the day.
- THE CHILD MAY NEED TO EAT CORNSTARCH DURING THE DAY
Allowing time and a private space to do this will be very helpful.
- THE CHILD MAY POSSIBLY HAVE A FEEDING TUBE.
If this is the case, the parents/guardians of the child and the Specialist Metabolic Team will be happy to answer any questions the school might have.
- PE LESSONS
Refer to the Sports section of this website
- LOW BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS OR ‘HYPOS’
Compared to adults, children burn up far more energy for their size. Even with regular meals and snacks, and cornstarch if used, a child may experience a hypo.
All of this and more can be discussed by the school with the Specialist Metabolic Team and the family of the child with GSD. In this way, a detailed plan can be put in place. In the case of a young child with GSD who is yet to start school, the family should advise the hospital once they know what school the child will be attending. This will allow a plan to be put in place in good time.