Updated 02 August 2017

The asthmatic child and school

Does your child have asthma? The good news is that most schools are used to handling children with this fairly common condition.


That said, it's important to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers to explain that he has asthma and to alert them to the treatments he is using. If your child needs to use an inhaler during the day, he must be allowed to do so. Be sure to leave a spare bronchodilator with one of the teachers. Therefore, if your child runs out of medication, help will be at hand. If he is a severe asthmatic, be sure to provide his teachers and principal with the necessary emergency numbers and plan of action.

With the correct medication, asthmatic children can be as active as their non-asthmatic counterparts. In fact, a number of asthmatics have gone on to become great sportsmen and women. If your child starts wheezing during exercise, he should use an inhaler just before exercising, as this can prevent the onset of symptoms.


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