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Treating Asthma at School

It's important to tell your child’s teachers and other school staff about your child's asthma. That way, they can help your child if symptoms get worse. And they can help if your child has an asthma attack at school.

Plan a meeting

Call the school to plan a meeting with teachers and other staff. It's very helpful to have the school nurse there as well. At the meeting, talk about:

  • Your child’s asthma attacks. Tell the group how your child deals with worsening symptoms and asthma attacks when they happen.

  • Your child’s early symptoms. These might be wheezing, coughing, or sneezing.

  • What school staff should do if your child has worsening symptoms or an asthma attack. Give information about your child's medicines and when he or she should take them. Also let them know how fast these medicines often work. Include the names of the medicines, how much your child takes, and common side effects. Make sure the staff have a copy of your child's Asthma Action Plan. Make sure they know what to do if your child has severe symptoms. Or if your child does not get better with the first treatment. 

  • Important phone numbers. Tell them who they should call if your child has any problems breathing, and in which order they should try to call. Also give backup numbers. Give them the name and phone number of your child’s healthcare provider.

  • Asthma Action Plan. Make sure the school has a copy of your child's Asthma Action Plan. Make sure it is up to date.

Things to remember

  • All of your child’s teachers should know that your child has asthma.

  • Teachers and coaches don’t need to stop your child from being active or playing sports. If this happens, talk with your child's healthcare provider. Then talk with teachers, coaches, and the school nurse. 

  • Your child should always carry an inhaler or have ready access to their inhaler. If your child’s school has a rule against this, talk with your child’s provider and the school. Many states now have laws that direct children with asthma to carry and use asthma inhalers with permission of both parents and healthcare providers. 

To learn more

Contact the following groups to learn more about asthma:

Online Medical Reviewer: Amy Finke RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Frederic Little MD
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2016
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