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Dietary / Medical Needs

What you need to know

It is important for an individual with a FAOD not go without food or calories for more than 8-12 hours. Going too long without food/calories is called fasting.

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What you can do

Keep on a low fat diet (less than 30% of total energy from fat)

  • Avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

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  • Students may require low fat/high carbohydrate foods throughout the day.
    • Parents may leave cereal or other food with the teacher or nurse to use as needed.
  • When a child is sick they may require more fluids and extra starchy food.
    • Parents may leave these drinks with the nurse to use as needed.
  • Be aware of the triggers of metabolic crisis.
    • Fasting
    • Illness
    • Exercise  

Understand challenges with exercise: Make sure the child avoids prolonged exercise or exertion. Make sure they drink fluids. Keep them warm. Make sure they eat carbohydrates before and during periods of moderate exercise.

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