Get Ready for School with an Asthma Action Plan

Every new school year, you take steps to get your child ready to go back to school. If you have a child with asthma, you should have a back-to-school plan to keep your child healthy. Having a plan to manage your child’s asthma will help in the classroom and school activities.

Remember these four important steps:

  1. Go for a back to school check-up. Doctors will want to check your child’s breathing and make sure you have the medicine your child needs. The doctor can also talk with you about physical activities like sports, dance, cheerleading and others that could affect your child’s asthma.
  2. Get your child a flu shot. Flu poses a special health risk for children with asthma. They will have more severe symptoms, and it takes longer for them to get over it. Because your child could have a reaction to the shot, it’s probably a good idea to have your child’s doctor give him or her the flu shot.
  3. Write an Asthma Action Plan. Your child’s doctor will write the plan for you. It includes information on what medicine your child needs, how your child should take his or her medicine each day, and what to do if symptoms get worse or an asthma attack occurs. You should have an updated asthma action plan every school year.
  4. Meet with the school. For kids in daycare or elementary school, you may want to meet with caregivers, school nurses, and teachers to share your Asthma Action Plan and get their commitment to follow the doctor’s written instructions. For older kids, check with the school to make sure your child can use rescue medicine at school if needed. Ensure homeroom teachers, coaches, band directors and others know your child has asthma.

Print this Asthma Action Plan to go over with the doctor at your child’s back-to-school check-up. Is your child’s school an asthma-friendly school? This checklist from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute outlines what key steps your child’s school should take to be prepared for students with asthma.

To learn more about Asthma and the Taking on Asthma initiative, visit our website!

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