If your child is beginning the school year with an asthma condition, there are a few back to school basics you need to know to assure that your child will be properly taken care of at school, should he/she have an attack. Being prepared and organized can help you and your child have a problem free year at school.
Back to school asthma tip #1– Submit an asthma plan for your child to his teachers, the school nurse, the gym instructor, bus driver, recess monitor and anyone else who supervises him or her. Make sure these people know and understand the signs of worsening asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Back to school asthma tip #2 – Get the doctor to give you a letter stating your child’s asthma needs like carry inhaled medications, or the use of a peak flow meter. Give this statement to school administrators. Make sure your child’s medical information is complete and up-to-date, and in a form that school officials can easily understand.
Back to school asthma tip #3– Ask whether the school nurse stocks rescue medicine and knows how to use it. Turn in a child asthma/allergy action card to the school nurse listing daily medications, and triggers that can set off an attack, symptoms, and emergency plans.
Back to school asthma tip #4 – Be sure to have your child’s name and dosage amount on every medication taken to school. This is very important!
Back to school asthma tip #5– Make sure to talk regularly with your child’s PE instructors to see how they are doing during gym class or sports classes.
Back to school asthma tip #6 – Ask teachers to seat your child away from blackboards because chalk dust can trigger asthma attacks in some children.
Back to school asthma tip #7 – Speak to your child about taking responsibility when he/she notices his asthma symptoms starting. Tell your child to report it to the school nurse immediately, because the symptoms usually get worse and won’t go away until they get treatment.
It’s always best to prepare ahead a planned course of action in case your child has an asthma attack while at school. Making school officials aware of your child’s condition will help them too. Everyone involved will be more at ease if a plan is in place.