Ready or not here it comes! Back to school time is already upon us. The hustle and bustle of all the clothing stores and the school supply aisles are packed with eager and excited students and parents. For parents who have children with asthma it may not be as exciting. It can be very overwhelming. Provided are some tips to get ready for the school year.
- Don’t assume people know how to help your child when he or she has an asthma attack. Talk with your child’s teacher(s). Inform them of the symptoms that can develop and inform them on how to help your child use an inhaler.
- Talk with the school nurse. Inform him or her that your child has asthma. Ask what precautions can be made to help keep your child safe, such as keeping a rescue inhaler near your child at all times. Review the protocol with the nurse and ask who will notify parents or guardians if your child has an asthma attack.
- Make sure all school forms are signed at the beginning of the year stating that your child does have asthma and that his or her rescue inhaler needs to be kept with him or her at all times.
- Talk with your child. Make sure he or she knows what to do when having an asthma attack. Encourage your child to seek out help from an adult when he or she first develops symptoms instead of waiting.
- Make sure your child is taking his or her controller medications as prescribed if has been prescribed. This could potentially help minimize asthma attacks at school and could keep your child safe.
Being very open and honest with all those that your child is surrounded by can help relieve some anxiety. Always be willing to teach others about how best to help your child.
If you have any questions about getting ready to go back to school with asthma contact Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Call us for more information at 801-775-9800.