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Staying Healthy

Children and Asthma

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Help your child enjoy a healthy school year

Asthma is a common condition. The more information you share about it with your child’s school the better. Here are some things you can do. 

1. Have an Asthma Action Plan. Ask your provider for a plan to give to the school. It will tell the school staff how to treat an asthma attack and lists the daily medicine your child takes to control his or her asthma.
 
2. Give the school emergency phone numbers. Make sure the school also has a list of things that may trigger your child’s asthma.
 
3. Be aware of changes in weather and seasons. Let the school know if any of these changes may affect your child’s asthma and cause an attack.
 
4. Meet with school staff. This makes sure your child’s teachers know the needs of your child and have been shown the Asthma Action Plan.
 
5. Keep a peak flow meter and rescue inhaler for your child at school. Make sure that the inhaler has not expired.
 
6. If your child needs an inhaler or other treatment before gym class, let the teachers know. Make sure that the medicine is on hand or that the school staff knows where it is.
 
7. If your child is going on a field trip, make sure the teacher and other adults know the location of your child’s medicine.
 
8. Talk with your child and make sure he or she understands the Asthma Action Plan. Show your child where the teacher keeps the medicine.

Did you Know?

Asthma is one of the top reasons for child care and school absence.
 
Signs that show your child’s asthma is not controlled:
  • Uses a quick-relief medicine more than twice a week
  • Awakens at night coughing, wheezing or with chest tightness more than twice a month
  • Refilling the quick-relief medicine more than twice a year
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