Getting Ready for an Asthma Friendly School Year

Wow!  How quickly time flies, it seems like just yesterday we were talking about getting ready for camp and now the new school year is upon us and that means exposure to all the triggers that surround our children at school…here are a few tips to help your child have an asthma friendly school year!

 

  1. Have your pediatrician complete an Asthma Action Treatment Plan and provide a copy of that plan to the school or daycare center.  Print an Asthma Action Treatment Plan here:  http://www.communityasthmajax.org/healthcare/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Asthma-Action-Plan_092110.pdf       

  2. Plan a meeting with school staff before or in the beginning weeks of the school year. It is helpful to have the school nurse, health aide, teacher, and physical education teacher at the meeting. Your child also can be involved in the meeting. Take the written Asthma Action Treatment Plan to the meeting. Review the Asthma Action Treatment Plan, medicines and things that make your child’s asthma worse.        

  3. Provide the school or daycare center with a quick-relief inhaler or allow your child to carry the inhaler in their backpack per the Florida State Statue Title XVI, 232.47.        

  4. If your child is showing warning signs (coughing, wheezing, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, ect) and they do not respond to the quick-relief inhaler, keep your child at home and follow the sick portion of the action plan to bring these symptoms under control.        

  5. If your school offers an asthma education program, enroll your child so that he/she becomes knowledgeable about their asthma.        

  6. Make sure your child uses his/her quick relief inhaler (pre-medicates) for gym class or other physical activities, especially outdoors in cold weather.         

Using these tips can help your child have a positive start to the school year, allow them to participate in all the activities that the school offers and decrease missed school days. 

 

Have a wonderful 2011/2012 school year!

 

Louisa Gallagher RN, AE-C

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