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Treating Asthma at School

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It is important to tell your child’s teachers and other school staff about his or her asthma.. That way, they can help your child if symptoms worsen or if he or she has an asthma attack while at school.

Plan a Meeting

Call the school to plan a meeting with teachers and other school staff. At the meeting, talk about the following:

  • Your child’s asthma attacks. Tell the group how your child deals with worsening symptoms and asthma attacks when they happen.

  • Your child’s early symptoms. For example, wheezing, coughing, or sneezing.

  • What adults at school should do if your child has worsening symptoms or an asthma attack. Provide information about your child's medications and when he or she should take them. Also, let them know how fast they usually work.

    • Include the names of the medications, when they are taken, the dosages, and common side effects.

  • Important phone numbers. Tell them who they should call if your child has any problems breathing. Tell them the name and phone number for your child’s health care provider.

  • Asthma Action Plan. Make sure the school has a copy of your child's Asthma Action Plan. Make sure it is up to date.

Things to Remember

  • All of your child’s teachers should know that your child has asthma.

  • Teachers and coaches don’t need to keep your child from being active or playing sports.

  • If instructed to do so, your child should always carry an inhaler. If your child's school has a rule against this, speak to your child's health care provider..


Contact the following organizations to learn more about asthma.

  • Allergy & Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics at 800-878-4403,

  • American Lung Association at 800-586-4872,

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically-affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 6/13/2014
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