Starting elementary school is such an exciting time for children and caregivers alike. But as a caregiver, it’s also understandable to feel nervous about this big step in your child’s life.
Talk about CF with your loved one
As your child begins elementary school, he or she may start asking questions about cystic fibrosis (CF). They may notice that other children at school don’t do the same treatments. They may even be asked about CF by children or teachers.
You can talk to your child about CF at any stage, when you feel comfortable. It’s good to teach them about it when they’re young to help them understand the importance of avoiding germs, eating right, and doing treatments. Talking about CF can also help prepare your child to take on more responsibility in the future.
Meet with school employeesAs a caregiver, you want your child to be safe and cared for at school. So, if you feel comfortable in doing so, talk with the teacher and school nurse about CF and what it means for your child.
Talk about classroom illnesses. Let the teacher know that your child may get sick more easily if others are sick, so it’s important for you to know about any illnesses going around. You may also want to discuss the importance of frequent hand washing as a way to minimize the risk of infection for your child.
Set expectations. Let the teacher know if your child needs any accommodations, such as carrying tissues or a water bottle, leaving a few minutes early for lunch to pick up medicine from the nurse’s office, or having more frequent bathroom breaks.
Work with the school nurse. Develop a plan for how your child will take medications during the school day, if necessary, and where the medications will be kept.
It may make your child more comfortable on the first day of school if he or she has met the teacher and school nurse beforehand.
Get academic assistance
If your child needs extra assistance in school, there are a few different programs that could help. Here are some examples: