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Treating Asthma at School

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Your child has asthma. That means he or she is prone to asthma attacks. It is important to tell your child’s school about your child’s condition. That way, teachers and others at school can help your child if he or she has an asthma attack while at school.

Who Should Be Informed?

Be sure to tell the following people at your child’s school about your child’s asthma:

  • Teachers

  • The principal

  • Gym teachers and coaches

  • The school nurse

Plan a Meeting

When the school year starts, call the school to plan a meeting with the people listed above. At the meeting, talk about the following:

  • Your child’s asthma attacks. Tell the group how your child deals with an asthma attack when it happens.

  • Your child’s warning signs. These signs indicate that your child may have an asthma attack. They include wheezing, coughing, or sneezing. Every child has different signs. If you don’t know your child’s signs, talk with his or her doctor.

  • What adults at school should do if your child has an asthma attack. Tell them what medication your child takes. Tell them how it is taken and how fast it works.

  • Your child’s medicines. Tell them the names of the medications, when they are taken, the dosages, and side effects that can happen.

  • Important phone numbers. Tell them who they should call if your child has any problems breathing. Tell them the phone number for your child’s doctor.

  • Asthma Action Plan for your child should be on file with the school nurse and discussed at the beginning of the school year.

Things to Remember

  • All 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.

  • Your child should always carry an inhaler. It should not be kept in the nurse’s office.

To Learn More

The resources below can tell you more about how to help your child with asthma.

  • Allergy & Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics at 800-878-4403,  www.aanma.org

  • American Lung Association at 800-586-4872,  www.lung.org

Online Medical Reviewer: Berry, Judith, PhD, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, Maura, MD
Last Review Date: 11/14/2012
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