South Carolina schools are about to be back in session, which means preparing your child for the school year. For parents with children who suffer from asthma, preparing can look a little different. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma is one of the top causes of missed school days among children ages 5 to 17. In 2013, it accounted for more than 13.8 million missed school days and $3 billion in losses due to missed work and school days. It is important to follow these key steps to make sure your child is healthy this school year.

Creating A Plan

It is important to have and review an Asthma Action Plan with your child and their healthcare provider. You should review this plan with your child’s teacher and the school nurse as well.

Communication

Not only should you share the Asthma Action Plan with supervising adults in the school, you should discuss which actions they are taking in terms of preventing COVID infections. You should also ask about the school’s asthma policies and emergency procedures. Discuss your child being allowed to carry their quick-relief inhaler, or if they have a stock of these inhalers in case of an emergency. Provide the school with your emergency contact information as well as two back-up individuals. Also, it is important to verify who will be notified if your child begins to experience symptoms and needs treatment during the school day.

Medications

Fill out any forms necessary to ensure your child has quick access to their medications. All the child’s medications should be labelled with your child’s name and instructions on how each medication should be used.
Sending your child to school while they struggle with a debilitating condition like asthma can be difficult. Following these tips will help keep your child safe and healthy during the school day. If you need to create an Asthma Action Plan for school, or need help with treatment options for your child, you can schedule an appointment at (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.