Helping Kids Manage Asthma to Breathe Easier at School

Imagine trying to focus on science class when your own body isn’t helping you breathe! Trying to remember what iambic pentameter is when you’re more concerned about your peak-flow rate. Wanting so badly to beat the chin-up record, but being too afraid to try. Students with asthma shouldn’t have to suffer these concerns. By providing their school with an Asthma Action Plan, kids can stay healthy, learn better and participate fully during their school day. School staff, parents and guardians, health care providers and students can all work together to make your child’s school life as healthy and safe as their life at home.

Make sure you’re familiar with the asthma plan of action at your school and if needed, help them to design an Asthma Action Plan for the whole school in order to create:

  • A healthier and more supportive learning environment for students who have asthma.
  • Reduced absences—students have fewer asthma attacks and symptoms are treated earlier.
  • Reduced disruption in the classroom—students have fewer symptoms and are more alert when their asthma is under control.
  • Appropriate emergency care—school staff members know how to recognize and respond immediately to asthma emergencies.
  • Improved access and adherence to appropriate asthma medications—students and parents feel comfortable asking the school for help if needed in obtaining or using prescribed medications.
  • Full student participation in physical activities—physical education teachers, instructors and coaches know how to prevent exercise-induced asthma and how to respond if symptoms appear. They also know how to help children who are having asthma symptoms and keep them involved in school activities.

Read more about building an asthma-friendly school where students can feel safe, secure and ready to learn. To learn more about Asthma and the Taking on Asthma initiative, visit our website!

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