How to Control Asthma in Schools

Providing a safe environment is the desire of every parent who has a child with asthma. Taking steps to secure the child's protection at home requires knowledge of the illness, awareness of the symptoms of an oncoming attack, and actively supporting an allergen-free environment. Implementing a safe environment at school can sometimes be challenging. This article will provide steps to bring parent and faculty together in creating an asthma-friendly school.


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    Ask the school's administrator if they have implemented school-based asthma management activities. Some important activities to ask about:
    • Do they allow students to carry and use quick-relief inhalers?
    • Is a nurse available to provide standard health services?
    • Does the school provide an Asthma Action Plan for all students with asthma?
    • Is asthma awareness part of a required health education course to increase student knowledge?
    • Has the health education teacher received staff development on asthma awareness?
    • Has the school put into effect any type of allergen or immune trigger prevention/detection program?
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    Find out what they know. Programs have been introduced to create and sustain asthma-friendly schools. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's School Education Committee, for example, developed documents to advocate asthma-friendly schools and educate administrators, teachers, and students. Ask the school's administration if they have requested or been provided with information similar to this.
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    Furnish the school's nurse with an emergency inhaler for your child, as well as the contact information for his/her health care provider.
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    Be active in supporting any programs that your school may provide. Speak openly to school faculty. Discuss your child's asthma control with the school nurse to avoid discrepancies in treatment and triggers.
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    Remember that your child's education on asthma and its treatment begins at home. Awareness and education of asthma is vital in a school setting. However, the importance of communication and knowledge between a health care provider and those suffering from asthma are of primary concern.
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    Work with your health care provider to set goals for managing asthma. This includes:
    • Preventing frequently recurring asthma symptoms
    • Maintaining normal exercise and other physical activities
    • Recovering regular or near-normal lung function
    • Sustaining adequate and effective medications with the least possible side effects


  • Don't hesitate to contact the Board of Education for your area. Ask questions!

    • Are they providing the latest information to school administrators?
    • Have they addressed any impediments in creating an asthma-friendly school?
    • Do they have guidelines set to ensure the provision of asthma care at school?
    • What is being done to prevent allergens and mold in the schools?


  • Respiratory infections are more serious in patients with asthma. These infections can often lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
  • Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15.

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