Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Austin Independent School District work together to ensure that children can enjoy a quality education regardless of any health concerns they may face. To this end, Dell Children’s offers comprehensive support in collaboration with AISD Student Health Services when individual case management is needed for specific health conditions.
Allergies, particularly if left untreated or unmanaged, can interfere with children’s physical health and learning environment. Whether hay fever, food allergies or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), both proper awareness of the condition and management of allergy symptoms are critical to your child’s health while at school.
Dell Children’s works with AISD Student Health to support proper allergy management measures for children. ‘Specially for Children, which is affiliated with Dell Children’s, is nationally recognized as one of the “Centers of Excellence” within the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Clinical Network, a designation that reflects the most advanced level of food allergy care.
Asthma remains one of the leading health-related reasons that children miss school. However, proper management of symptoms combined with improved awareness and case management can minimize the impact that asthma has on the affected child. This is best accomplished by ensuring each student who has a history of asthma, provides an asthma action plan to his or her school nurse. Ensuring that teachers, physical education instructors and sports coaches know the warning signs of an asthma attack and how to prevent exercise-induced asthma is also integral to ensuring a positive environment for children with asthma.
Whether Type I or Type II diabetes, diabetic children need to use complex daily management skills to monitor their condition, which includes the support of school health services. The goal of diabetes management in the school setting is to maintain normal-range blood glucose levels, minimizing episodes of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Adopting effective management strategies helps to not only ensure the child’s health and well-being, but also encourages academic success.
For children with seizures or epilepsy, education, symptom management and case management work together to improve quality of life for the affected child as well as have a positive impact on other children in the learning environment. This includes knowledge of standard first aid procedures for any child having a seizure, as well as coordination with a child’s primary plan for healthcare, including monitoring seizure medication.
A significant percentage of teenage girls who drop put out of school do so because of unplanned pregnancies. Working closely with school counselors and nurses can help this at-risk group to adjust to the new reality of parenthood, encouraging study completion and graduation. Upon identification of pregnancy, school nurses provide comprehensive case management that includes monthly monitoring of vital signs and linkage to a medical provider as well as education about what to expect during pregnancy and after delivery. AISD Student Health Services also works with the school district administration to develop programs that build awareness while promoting responsible behavior.
Other Chronic Health Conditions
AISD Student Health Services provides support and care for students with other chronic health conditions as well, including arthritis, cancer, eating disorders, heart disease and obesity, among others. If your child has special healthcare needs, please contact AISD Student Health Services for more information.