Tips for Parents: Asthma Management in Schools

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. Asthma is also the #1 reason children miss school and as a result, the #1 reason parents miss work. Below are a few suggestions for effectively managing your child’s asthma in school:

1. Develop an asthma management plan with your child’s physician

2. Complete all school health forms in a timely manner

3. Familiarize yourself with your child’s asthma symptoms and triggers

4. Communicate your child’s needs and share their asthma management   

     plan with school staff, including the school nurse

5. Provide emergency contact numbers for you and your child’s doctor to

     your child’s school

6. Make sure you know the right amount of medicine your child needs to

     take each day to control their asthma

7. Provide your child’s school with the proper medication needed to control

     their asthma

8. Update your child’s asthma condition as needed

9. Attend the FREE asthma education workshop for parents offered twice a

     month by the Community Asthma Partnership-Wolfson’s (CAP-W)

     through The Players Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s

     Hospital. Call 202–5132 to register or for more information.

Ask your child’s school if they are Asthma-friendly. Asthma-friendly schools (AFS) are those that make an effort to ensure that there is a safe and supportive learning environment for students with asthma.

Christopher P. Christie, MPH, CRT, AE-C

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Retrieved  from:http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/asthma/index.htm

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