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Managing Asthma at School

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It’s back-to-school time, and many parents are concerned about their child’s asthma and how to manage it at school.

It is important to educate your child about using their asthma medication and how to recognize when they need to use it. Many times, kids either ignore asthma symptoms or they might overuse their medication. Real-life practice helps a lot. Every time you are with your child when asthma symptoms occur, instruct them how to use their medication.

Who else should be involved in your asthma plan?

  • The teacher:

Your child spends the majority of the day in the classroom. Therefore, the teacher will most likely be present if your child has an asthma attack.

Let the teacher know about your child’s condition. You could also let them know where your child keeps his or her medication.  Finally you should tell the teacher when you need to be contacted.

  • School nurse or infirmary:

Talk with the school nurse. Let her know if your child is allergic to any medications, and bring up possible complications of your child’s condition. Learn about the school nursing policies and be aware of their procedures.

Other people at school that can help and should be aware of your child’s asthma are:

  • Other teachers
  • Physical education teachers
  • Office staff and the principal
  • Counselor
  • Substitute teachers
  • Bus driver or the bus attendant

Do you or someone you care for have Asthma? See if you qualify  for Horizon’s clinical study on Asthma today! 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/managing-childs-asthma-school

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