Children with asthma need a lot of support at school. They may need help from school staff to keep their asthma under control and to be able to do school activities.
You should give your child's school staff an asthma action plan that tells them how to take care of your child's asthma. Ask your child's doctor to write one.
The student and school staff should follow this asthma action plan. Your child should be able to take asthma medicines at school when needed.
School staff should know what things make your child's asthma worse. These are called triggers. Your child should be able to go to another location to get away from asthma triggers, if needed.
Your child's school asthma action plan should include:
Include a list of triggers that make your child's asthma worse, such as:
Provide details about your child's asthma medicines and how to take them, including:
Lastly, your child's doctor and parent or guardian's signatures should be on the action plan as well.
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Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Rockville, MD. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2007. NIH publications 08-4051.
Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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