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When should I send medications to school for my child with asthma?

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Most kids can better manage their asthma symptoms if they carry and know how to use their asthma inhalers and other medications at school. At the same time, schools must follow state laws and policies about whether students can carry and use inhalers and other treatments, like epinephrine auto-injectors.

If your child’s school doesn’t usually let kids carry medicine, talk with school officials to figure out what skills he would need to show in order to make that possible. Then work with his doctor to make learning those skills a part of your child’s asthma action plan.

The doctor can also tell the school whether she recommends letting your child carry and give himself his medicine.

SOURCES: 

Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: “School House: Keeping Healthy at School,” “Off to School with Confidence.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Tips to remember: Childhood asthma.”  

American Lung Association: “Asthma.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: “School House: Keeping Healthy at School,” “Off to School with Confidence.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Tips to remember: Childhood asthma.”  

American Lung Association: “Asthma.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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