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Medical and Dietary Needs

What you need to know

  • No special diet is required for individuals with a CHD although a well-balanced diet is important. Extra water to keep hydrated may be important. Children with CHD may hae special dietary concerns (i.e. high fat or low sodium) especially when young. 
  • The severity of CHDs varies widely between individuals.  Therefore, it is important to ask the parents about the severity of the CHD in their child and read all pertinent medical information.
  • It is important to discuss the nature of the student’s heart condition and implications for school activities. The child’s physicians will determine the student’s permitted activity levels.
  • School age children with CHD may have multiple doctors and specialist visits to monitor medical conditions.
  • Be aware, or ask parents, if the child has a medical alert bracelet.

What you can do

  • Be aware of any restrictions that might be placed on activities.
  • Automated external defibrillators (AED) may be need on site.
    • School personnel will need to be need trained in use
  • CPR training for staff
  • Students may need to visit the nurse to take medications during school
    • Be aware of any medication side effects
  • A yearly check-up and studies as needed should occur in the child’s Medical Home. 
  • Be aware of any changes in behavior or mood that seem out of line with the norm and notify the parents.
  • It is important to be aware of any academic changes.  Contact parents when any differences are noticed.