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Nine Tips for Managing Asthma at School

Another school year is about to start. If your child has asthma, it’s important to make sure they have a plan to stay healthy during the school day. Get prepared by following the tips below:

  1. Work with your child’s doctor to create an Asthma Action Plan that explains how to treat different asthma symptoms when they happen.
  2. Stay up to date with vaccines. Make sure your child gets their yearly flu shot and recommended COVID shots (including boosters).
  3. Make sure to take controller asthma medicines as prescribed.
  4. Ask the school nurse or teacher about the school’s asthma policies and emergency procedures.
  5. Talk to your child’s teacher or school nurse about the medicines your child takes, the allergies they have, and what triggers their asthma symptoms (like strong smells or exercise).
  6. If you’re sending asthma medicine to school with your child, make sure to mark it with your child’s name and any instructions on how to use the medicine.
  7. Make sure the school has emergency contact information for you and at least two backup individuals.
  8. Have a quick-relief inhaler that’s for school use only. This can be kept with your child or the school nurse, depending on what your doctor or school recommends.
  9. If your child has after-school activities, tell the adults leading the group about the Asthma Action Plan.

Parkland Community Health Plan’s free Be in Control program offers educational materials and resources to help members manage their asthma. Members can earn rewards for joining the program and staying up to date with their asthma medication. Call 1-866-461-7227 or click here to learn more.