Asthma in Children at School
Have an Asthma Action Plan at School for Your Child
Everyone with asthma -- whether a child or an adult -- should have an asthma action plan. This is a written document that outlines the treatment needed if asthma gets worse. Make sure your child's school has an up-to-date copy of their asthma action plan at all times.
Your child's asthma action plan should include:
- Your child's name
- Your name and home phone number, and work and cell phone numbers, if you have them
- The name and number of a family member or friend who can step in if you can't be reached
- A list of triggers that cause asthma symptoms in your child
- Your child's personal best peak flow meter reading
- A list of medicines and dosages -- and specific instructions on when they should be used
- Your pediatrician's name and phone number
- The name and number of your local hospital
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.