Let your child’s school and teacher know about his or her metabolic condition as soon as possible. Explain the importance for teachers and other staff to understand why your child needs a special low protein diet, and why careful supervision is needed. Involve your dietitian or specialist nurse as they may be able to visit the school with you.
Include simple and easy to read lists of what your child can and cannot eat or drink. Your specialist team will also be able to provide you with written information describing your child’s condition, or you can download our teacher’s guides.
It is important that your child’s friends know about their metabolic condition so that they understand or can help offer support in social situations. If your child doesn't want to tell friends, you can discuss the idea of inviting friends over so that you can help explain their metabolic condition. Some parents also provide a presentation to their child's class, offering classmates the chance to ask questions and see the 'tools' for living on a low protein diet.
Before your child’s first day at school, think about whether you would prefer to send them with a packed lunch, or for them to have school dinners.
You may find that it’s easier to pack lunches. Choosing options with your child can make him or her happier with their lunchbox.
The lunchbox can be made more interesting by adding sides such as fruit, sticks of vegetables (carrot, pepper and cucumber) with flavoured mayonnaise or other dip*, crisps with an appropriate number of exchanges*, or low protein biscuits.
* Look for suitable brands in the supermarket, and ask your dietitian for more information.
Check out the Recipes section of the website for further recipes and ideas.
Some parents and children prefer school dinners. Check with your school about what they provide in terms of meals. It may help to:
Discuss with your school and teacher what they should do if your child becomes unwell. If your child has an Emergency Regimen, make sure that school knows how to prepare it and to contact you straight away if they are needing to use it.
Your child should be able to participate in after school activities just like every other child. You just need to plan ahead. Speak to your child’s after school activity leader or coach about your child’s metabolic condition and let them know that they may need to take a break to have a snack provided from home. Ensure that your child has extra snacks that are appropriate for the length and physical intensity of the activity, and extra protein substitute if needed.
Please Note: The dietary management for metabolic conditions varies for each person so all information presented here is for guidance purposes only. The information provided on this page is in no way intended to replace the care, advice and medical supervision of your healthcare professional. Your own dietitian and/or doctor will advise you on all aspects relating to management of metabolic conditions for you and your family. Always consult your healthcare professional before making any changes to your child’s low-protein diet.