School Absences & Fatigue

What you need to know

Children with UCDs need to avoid illnesses, and may need to stay home when other students are ill. If a student with a UCD gets a virus, he or she may need to stay home and take extra precautions to get well. If a student experiences a hyperammonemic episode, they will need to be hospitalized for one or more weeks.

For all these reasons, a child with a UCD may be absent from school frequently or for extended periods of time. 

What you can do

Good communication is key when helping a child with a UCD who is absent from school. Talk to parents about what you can do to support the child during an absence. They may benefit from a home visit by a teacher or utilizing online technology to be present in class from home.