Back to School Checklist

Asthma Management

​Back to School Checklist

The start of a new school year is a big transition after the long summer break, especially for families of children with asthma. Planning ahead is important in helping your child continue to control his or her asthma throughout the school year. That’s why create this Back to School Checklist.

These steps can help you keep your child happy and healthy throughout the school year:

Create an up-to-date asthma action plan. Your child should have a written asthma action plan that includes personal information about his or her asthma symptoms and medicines, and any physical activity limitations. The plan should also contain specific instructions about what to do if an asthma episode does not improve with prescribed medicine.

Schedule an asthma check-up with your physician. Even if your child hasn’t had any symptoms or attacks in some time, regular check-ups are very important to continued asthma management. During this visit, your physician should:

  • Evaluate your child’s inhaler technique and provide guidance, if needed

  • Update asthma-control medicine prescriptions, if needed

  • Complete any medication forms required by your child’s school to have an asthma inhaler, nebulizer or other asthma-control medicine on school grounds

  • Provide you with a form that grants your child permission to carry and self-administer his or her asthma-control medicine

Visit with your child’s school educators. Your child’s school nurse, teachers and coaches should have an up-to-date copy of your child’s asthma action plan. These educators should also be aware of your child’s asthma triggers and usual symptoms so they can be prepared to assist your child, should an episode occur at school. If your child has exercise-induced asthma, you should make certain you notify your child’s physical education teacher and coach(es).

Talk with your child about his or her asthma. Going back to school can be a very exciting time, and you can help your child have a healthy school year by talking about:

  • Recognizing and controlling triggers

  • Identifying early warning signs of an asthma episode

  • Administering asthma-control medicine (and knowing where it’s kept at school)

  • Knowing who to go to for help, should symptoms or an episode occur

 

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