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Asthma in Children at School

Talking to Your Child About Asthma at School

Don't forget to talk to your child about coping with asthma at school too. Obviously, there's only so much that very young children can understand about their asthma. But at the very least, they must know what to do if their symptoms get worse. They need to know where to get help.

Older children and teenagers should take more responsibility for their treatment. Make sure they know how to use their medicines, inhalers, and peak flow meters on their own.

Keep in mind that children and teenagers with asthma can be resentful. They may not like the restrictions that asthma puts on their lives. They may be ashamed by the extra attention it can bring them at school.

There's no way around some of these problems. The best thing you can do is to be honest. Try to make your children partners in their own care, instead of just imposing treatment on them.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 04, 2012

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