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February 8, 2024

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5 Things To Do If Your School-Aged Child Has Asthma

With the mad rush to get the kids back to school with the right books and uniform, there’s a really important checklist you may have forgotten to work through – the Back To School Checklist For Kids With Asthma.

Back to school can mean a higher risk of flare-ups for kids with asthma, for a couple of reasons. Over the holidays we may have taken a bit more of a relaxed approach to the kids’ asthma management, and being around their classmates makes our children more vulnerable to triggers like respiratory viruses¹.

February is actually the peak for asthma hospitalisations among children, but 80% of parents of school-aged children have never heard of back to school asthma.

That’s why every parent with a school-aged child with asthma is being encouraged to work their way through this important, five-step checklist.

1-Asthma Action Plan

1. Book an asthma review

An asthma check-in with your child’s doctor at the top of the list. It’s a chance to go through anything that’s changed over the summer break, or any symptoms you’ve noticed. You’ll also be able to go through your child’s medications, get an updated prescription, discuss their triggers and put together or update your child’s comprehensive management plan. This will include their Asthma Action Plan.

2. Update your child’s Asthma Action Plan

This can be done as part of your doctor’s appointment (two checklist points ticked off in one go!). You child’s school and outside-school-hours-care need this current action plan to ensure they can care for your child. You can print off this Asthma Action Plan and take it with you, make sure you make a copy for yourself as well.

3. Contact your child’s school

Whether your child is at the same school they’ve been for years, or starting fresh, it’s vital to go over their medicine policy, as this can change from year to year. Also have a chat to your child’s classroom teacher and the school nurse and make sure they have seen your child’s Asthma Action Plan and they know your child’s triggers, symptoms and medicine.

If your child plays sport outside of school, it’s also the perfect time to touch base with their coach to make sure they’re aware of your child’s Asthma Action Plan.

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4. Check your child’s reliever

The expiry date and dose counter should be checked on your child’s relievers that are kept at home, and those taken to school. Also make sure you have any other devices you need for school like a spacer and mask, and get the pharmacist to label your child’s medicine with their name.

5. Keep the school updated

Sometimes things change with children’s asthma management, and it’s important to make sure the school is kept up to date. If your child’s Asthma Action plan is updated throughout the year, make sure the school has a copy. And if your child has an asthma event at school, make sure you’re thoroughly briefed by the school so you know exactly what happened, and then visit your doctor as soon as possible.

¹Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017. Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, Australia, 2014-15. Table 7: Asthma: Actions and medications taken. Canberra: ABS. https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/4364.0.55.0022014-15?OpenDocument

 

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  • Very informative stuff! Asthma can be so dangerous and flare up at different times

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  • This is a great article for parents with newly diagnosed children. Handy information.

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  • This is a really good article especially if your child has just been diagnosed. Peace of mind when there’s plans in place.

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  • Such a great reminder. We have just got our 5 year old diagnosed with asthma and have done all of these steps. Thank you sharing this information.

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  • This is an excellent review to print out and take along to the school, I think. It is up to us all to abide by these rules, so making them known is half the battle. Do hope all will be right and stress doesn’t bring on an attack. So pleased you shared this with us all.

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  • It’s about time something like this is shown to parents, teachers and the kids. We all need to learn about asthma and how it can affect ours or others live…

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  • Have shown this to my friend whos little girl has it. Good informative article – thank you

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  • Coming from a family of asthma sufferers and with some severe sufferers, so many precautions have to be taken. An attack can be quite scary at times.

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  • All very important tips. It was only during my son’s Secondary School years that we were required to have an Asthma Management Plan with the school.

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  • Some great reminders for parents who have asthmatic children

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  • Some great reminders there for parents of ashmatics!

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  • How do you get Asthma?

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  • I hope all the kids with asthma had an asthma free start to school.

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  • It’s so important to make sure that your child has an in date inhaler and spacer at school. Pack it, with their name clearly marked, in a zip lock bag. Thunderstorm asthma triggers so many more attacks than usual.

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  • Definitely some great advice here for parents

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