Asthma: Three Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Seems like just yesterday we were pumped up about school letting out for summer. Where, oh where has the time gone? Vacations, leisure time, and a relaxed schedule are soon to be distant memories. That’s right, summer is just about over, and school is back in session!

There’s no question that this transition takes some getting used to for students, parents and school personnel alike. There are clothes and supplies to be purchased, classrooms made ready, and new schedules to become adjusted to.

When you have a child with asthma, there are a few additional details to attend to!

I have compiled several tips for parents, in an effort to help things go smoothly as you embark upon a new school year.

Get the paperwork done early.

Where would we be without paperwork? In an age of an increasingly digital world we continue to rely upon paper forms. Schools are no exception. Most school require a form on file documenting the medications your child may need to take for asthma during school hours. Some ask for a more detailed asthma action plan. No sense in trying to get around this. I recall a high school student late last year was refused treatment for his asthma during school because the correct paperwork had never been filled out! As unbelievable as this may sound, you do not want to risk this happening to your child. Find out what forms need to be completed and get them done early.

Make certain medications are current.

All medications have an expiration date, beyond which they should not be used. This is a good time to sit down and check your child’s inhaler(s). They may have a counter on them, which tells you how many puffs are remaining. I think it is a good idea to start the school year off with a full new inhaler to be kept at school. Meet with your asthma physician to review your asthma action plan and inhaler technique.

Meet with the teacher and school nurse.

Every child is unique. Relate your child’s asthma story to those watching over them at school. What triggers their asthma, and how they act when asthma worsens are some of the things you may want to communicate. Also, it is a good time to let your school partners know when you would like to be called if asthma should deteriorate.

There you have it, three simple steps to take as school begins for your son or daughter with asthma. They will help pave the way for a productive school year!

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