We asked our partners at Parkview Community Nursing for some advice for students suffering from allergy and asthma as they head back to school for the 2017-18 school year.
First, parents should create an up-to-date asthma action plan, a written plan which includes personal information about our child’s asthma symptoms, medicines and physical activity limitations. The plan should include specific instructions about what to do if an asthma episode does not get better with prescribed medicine.
Your child’s educators should have an up-to-date copy of the action plan, include school nurse, teachers and coaches. They should also be aware your child’s asthma triggers and usual symptoms so they can be prepared to help your child if the need arises. If your child has exercise-induced asthma, the physical education teacher and coach(es) need to know.
Next, an asthma checkup with your physician, even if your child hasn’t had any symptoms or attacks in some time, is important for continued asthma and allergy management. During the visit, your physician should:
• Watch your child use an inhaler and provide guidance if he or she isn't using it effectively;
• Update asthma-control medicine prescriptions, if needed;
• Complete any forms required by the school to let your child have an asthma inhaler , nebulizer or other asthma-control medicine on school grounds;
• Give you a form that grants permission for your child to carry and self-administer his or her asthma-control medicine.
Also important is that you talk to your child about their asthma to help them have a healthy school year. Here are some topics to cover:
• Recognizing and controlling triggers;
• Identifying early-warning signs of an asthma episode;
• Administering asthma-control medicine (and knowing where it's kept at school);
• Knowing who to go to for help, if symptoms, or an episode, occur.
For information additional information on asthma, as well as the required forms for medication in schools, please visit the FWCS Health Services website.
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