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Managing Asthma during the School Year


The new school year is approaching quickly! If you have a child with asthma, you need to ensure your child has all the necessary tools to make this a great school year.

According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, approximately 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma. About 7 million kids under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma in the U.S.

It is important when your child is returning to school to inform the teachers, coaches and school nurse that your child has asthma. This will help them to be alert and recognize when your child may exhibit asthma symptoms and require medical attention. It is also important to present an updated Asthma Action Plan along with your child's prescribed quick-relief inhaler to the school nurse at the beginning of the school year. This will aid the school nurse in determining when to administer quick-relief medication and how much medication to give.

If your child is participating in sports you may want to talk to your doctor about exercise induced asthma (EIA). If the doctor determines that your child does have EIA, then the doctor may recommend that your child pre-treat with quick-relief medication 15-20 minutes prior to physical activity.

One other step to take is to make sure you and your child are educated on asthma and can recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma. If your child can tell when the symptoms are starting, he or she will be able to alert teachers or the school nurse promptly and receive medication to prevent the symptoms from worsening.

Taking these easy steps will ensure that your child is prepared for managing their asthma during the school year and help to prevent your child from missing school days due to asthma. For more information, contact the Seton Asthma Center at (512) 324-2762.

Good Health for Kids is produced by Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.