As children return to school after a break, it is important to ensure that they are able to manage their asthma effectively.
Asthma can have a significant impact on a child's ability to attend and participate in school. Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness can make it difficult for a child to focus and stay active in the classroom. Asthma can also cause fatigue, which can make it difficult for a child to keep up with their schoolwork.
When asthma attacks are severe, a child may be forced to skip school because they need to stay home until their symptoms subside. Parents, teachers, and school administrators should work together to make sure that children with asthma get the help they need to control their symptoms and do well in school.
Here are some key points to consider when helping children with asthma return to school:
- Follow the asthma action plan: Parents should review their child's written asthma action plan with them and make sure they understand what to do in case of an asthma attack. It is also important to ensure their inhaler and spacer are kept at school or in their school bag. Talk with the school to ensure that the child's inhaler and spacer is easily accessible during school time and that they know how to use it properly.
- Preventative measures: Children with asthma may be prescribed preventive medications such as inhaled corticosteroids to help control inflammation in the airways and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. It is important for parents to ensure that their child takes these medications as prescribed, even when they are feeling well, to help prevent asthma symptoms from occurring at school.
- Keep your school informed: Parents should make sure that their child's teacher and school nurse are aware of their child's condition. This will help ensure that the child's needs are met and that the school is prepared to handle any potential asthma emergencies.
- Communicate with the school: It is important for parents to stay in communication with the child's teacher and school nurse about their child's asthma and any changes in their condition. This will help ensure that the child's needs are met and that the school is prepared to handle any potential asthma emergencies.