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Asthma and School

As a parent of a child with asthma, it's important to work with the healthcare provider to help get your child's asthma symptoms under control. Good communication with your child's teachers about his or her asthma is important.

Here are some steps you can take to help manage your child's asthma symptoms, as well as your own concerns, throughout the school year.

This talk should include your child's teachers, coaches, school nurses, and teacher assistants. Encourage the school's staff to help your child feel comfortable about managing asthma and asking for help. It is important for staff members to develop an understanding of your child's situation so they can help with daily asthma management (if necessary) and be ready in case of an emergency.

It's important to work with your child’s healthcare provider to create an Asthma Action Plan for your child and to share it with everyone at school who works with him or her. The plan should include your child's asthma triggers, a list of the medications he or she takes (including proper dosage), asthma symptoms to watch for, peak flow zones, and emergency telephone numbers. Be sure to indicate who will be responsible for your child's rescue inhaler while at school. It should be readily accessible in case of an emergency, so make sure everyone involved is aware of its location. Do not hesitate to ask your child's healthcare provider to work with you and the school, if needed.

Open communication and regular feedback are important aspects of managing asthma. Talk with your child and the school staff periodically to be sure your child's Asthma Action Plan is working and to identify any concerns. Try to involve your child as much as possible throughout this process. The more comfortable your child feels, the more active a role he or she may take in managing his or her asthma.

If you are unsure or have questions about whether your child is well enough to go to school, or if your child is missing school due to asthma, talk to your child's healthcare provider immediately.

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