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Asthma

26 July 2011

When kids with asthma go back to school

The American Lung Association has urged parents to prepare a detailed action plan to manage their child's asthma and help ease their transition back to the classroom.

As many kids with asthma get ready to head back to school this fall, the American Lung Association urged parents to prepare a detailed action plan to manage their child's condition and help ease their transition back to the classroom.

  • Create an action plan. Draw up a detailed list of personal information about the child's asthma symptoms, medications and specific instructions on how to deal with an asthma attack.
  • Get a check-up. Even if a child's asthma is well managed, asthma action plans, including medications and instructions regarding physical activity, should be re-evaluated and updated by a doctor each year.
  • Schedule a school visit. Meet with the school nurse and teachers to make sure they are updated on the child's asthma action plan, including specific asthma triggers and typical symptoms so they can help in the event of an attack.
  • Know the school's emergency plan. Aside from providing the school with emergency contact information, it's important for parents to know how the school staff handles crises and whether or not they have any specialised training for asthma-related emergencies.
  • Be an advocate. In all 50 states, students are legally able to keep their asthma medications with them at school. Schools have individual policies on how children can do this as well as paperwork parent must fill out.
  • Seek out assistance. There are prescription assistance services that can help parents or guardians pay for their child's asthma medications.

The ALA also strongly recommended that all children, particularly those with asthma, get a seasonal flu shot every year.

 

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