Are you ready?
It's almost that time...time to get your child ready to go back to school. There are a ton of things that you need to do in order to get them ready: shopping for school supplies, coordinating rides, and planning for after school care/activities. Don't let asthma and allergy care be last on the to-do list.
Going back to school can be tough because just when you get a system down with your child who suffers from allergies or asthma...everything changes. Whether your child is starting a new sport or just going to gym class, there are always concerns, and it is important to get those addressed.
Educating Others – Children’s Teachers and Caregivers
Although asthma is a common illness, you shouldn’t assume that those caring for your child are familiar with it. Follow these steps so that you can feel comfortable leaving your child with others:
- Schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, counselors or coaches, or any other staff who has regular contact with your child to go over the Asthma Action Plan.
- Don’t assume a new teacher, coach or caregiver understands asthma. Review the asthma basics with him or her.
- Make sure the Asthma Action Plan document is on file in the school.
- Discuss your child’s asthma triggers and make sure the teacher knows how to recognize your child’s symptoms when they’re having an asthma attack.
- If you are confident your child can self-administer medication, ask the school's permission form so your child can carry it throughout the day.
- Give the school two ways to contact you in case of emergency. Complete and return all required medical and emergency forms.
- Label all of your child’s asthma medication and equipment with their name and room number and clearly mark the dosage. Make sure all medication and equipment is up-to-date and in working order. You’ll want to check this periodically.
Thank you to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation for doing what they can to #TackleAsthma!
As summer is coming to an end, it's time to think about getting ready for school, fall allergies, common colds and cooler weather. This is also a time when people with asthma may notice a change in their condition. Being prepared for these changes can make a big difference in keeping you or your child's asthma well controlled.
Don't let the process of going back to school stress you out - Get your child in today to speak to a Doctor at Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, S.C. to be prepared for these new exposures that can make asthma worse.
Are you ready for your child to go back to school? What are you forgetting?