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Managing Your Child’s Asthma at School

It’s important to communicate with your child’s teachers and other caregivers for optimal asthma relief when your child is away from home. Managing your child’s asthma at school is vital, even if your child has only a mild case of asthma and doesn't need to take asthma medicines when at school.

With one out of every 10 children diagnosed with asthma today, most schools have many children with asthma, so many teachers -- and certainly the school nurses -- are very familiar with helping children with asthma. Still, it is important to make sure your child gets adequate asthma support at school and that all the relevant people at school are familiar with what is needed to help your child. Also, if your child is bringing asthma medications to school, it’s important that you instruct the teacher and any other adult who cares for your child how to properly give these medications.

For more detail, see WebMD's article on Managing Your Child’s Asthma at School.

Controlling Asthma Triggers

Controlling asthma triggers is possible if you know which triggers or allergens cause your symptoms. Your asthma triggers may be dust mites, molds, pollens, pets, cockroaches, and household irritants. Secondhand tobacco smoke may also be an asthma trigger. Other asthma triggers include ozone, environmental toxins, strong odors, weather fronts, cold air, and humidity.

Once you know your asthma triggers, make plans to avoid these triggers at home, at work, and during recreational activities.

For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Controlling Asthma Triggers.

Do You Need an Air Filter?

If you suffer from asthma at home, an air filter may help reduce allergy triggers. Learn what these air filters do to help reduce allergy and asthma triggers.

For more detail, see WebMD’s article, Do You Need an Air Filter?

Natural Asthma Remedies

After suffering with asthma for months or years, you may wonder if there’s a natural cure for asthma. The answer is no, and it is highly advisable to avoid any remedy, natural or otherwise, that claims to be a "cure" for asthma.

However, reducing emotional stress, which can be an asthma trigger, can alleviate symptoms. Techniques such as deep abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and biofeedback may ease breathing problems. 

Natural asthma remedies may include treatment such as herbs, dietary supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathy, nutrition, and botanicals. However, there are few research studies on natural therapies to treat asthma.  

If you are taking herbs or supplements, let your health care provider know; they may interfere with your asthma medications. Because asthma is a serious illness, it’s best to trust your health care provider to guide you in treating your asthma symptoms.

For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Natural Asthma Remedies.

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Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on May 18, 2014
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