The upcoming new school year is fast approaching. Parents are busy purchasing school supplies, clothes and selecting their child’s classes. If your child has Asthma, it’s important to think about how you plan on controlling their Asthma throughout the school year. Good communication with your child’s teachers and with your child’s doctor about his or her asthma is important.
Here are some steps you can take to help manage your child’s asthma symptoms, as well as your own concerns, throughout the school year.
Schedule A Conference With Your Child’s Teacher
This meeting should be to educate your child’s teachers, coaches, school nurses, and ancillary staff. It is important for faculty to develop an understanding of your child’s situation so they can help with daily asthma management (if necessary) and be ready in case of an emergency.
Have an Asthma Action Plan
Ask your doctor for an Asthma Action Plan for your child and to share it with everyone at school who works with him or her. The plan should include your child’s asthma triggers, a list of the medications he or she takes (including proper dosage), asthma symptoms to watch for, peak flow zones, and emergency telephone numbers. Be sure to indicate who will be responsible for your child’s rescue inhaler while at school. It should be readily accessible in case of an emergency, so make sure everyone involved is aware of its location.
Communicate With Your Child’s School
Talk with your child and the school staff periodically to be sure your child’s to identify any concerns. Try to involve your child as much as possible throughout this process. The more comfortable your child feels, the more active a role he or she may take in managing his or her asthma.
If you are unsure or have questions about whether your child is well enough to go to school, or if your child is missing school due to asthma, talk to your child’s healthcare provider immediately. For more information, please visit: tottoriallergy.com.