Children with asthma need a lot of support at school. They may need help from school staff to keep their asthma under control and to be able to do school activities.
You should give the school staff an asthma action plan that tells staff how to take care of your child's asthma. Ask your child’s doctor to write one.
The student and school staff should follow this asthma action plan. Your child should be able to take asthma medicines at school when needed.
School staff should know what things make your child’s asthma worse. These are called "triggers." Your child should be able to go to another location to get away from asthma triggers, if needed.
Your child’s doctor and parent or guardian's signature should be on this action plan.
The following people should have a copy of the plan:
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Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Rockville, MD. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2007. NIH publications 08-4051.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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