Asthma at School

Research shows that asthma may cause more school absences than any other condition. Keep your child safe with tips from American Lung Association spokesperson Adrienne Weiss-Harrison, M.D.

  • Make sure your child's teacher and the school nurse have a copy of her asthma plan, including when and how she should take her medication.
  • Keep asthma medications in a safe place (preferably with the school nurse, but possibly with a teacher).
  • Ask the teacher to help your child steer clear of triggers such as mold, dust, chemicals, strong odors, and animals.
  • Ask the gym teacher to give your child time to take medications.
  • If the school policy allows it, tuck a rescue inhaler into your child's bag every day so that he always has one available.

Copyright©: 2004. Reprinted with permission from the October 2004 issue of Parents magazine.

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