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.
What you can do
Keep on a low fat diet (less than 30% of total energy from fat)
- Avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- 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.
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.