How to avoid the "September spike" in asthma symptoms
With a new school year starting, it is time to make a "back to school" to-do list. And if you are a parent of a child with asthma, you also have to plan for the "September spike" – the annual peak in asthma flare-ups that sends hundreds of school children and their family members to emergency rooms in the weeks after school begins.
To help you prepare for the new school year we have created the back to school with asthma checklist:
Your back-to-school asthma checklist (Before school starts)
Your back-to-school asthma checklist (To take to the school)
- Talk to teachers and daycare staff about your child’s asthma, preferably before classes start about. Be sure to discuss: Asthma Action Plan: Give teachers and caregivers a copy of your child’s asthma action plan and explain how to use it.
- Triggers: Explain your child’s triggers and usual symptoms.
- Medication: Ask about the school's rules about asthma medications - stress the importance of allowing your child to carry his/her medicines with themselves at all times. Make sure your child’s rescue medicine (blue puffer) is always nearby. Teach them where to find the medication and where to store an extra medication.
- Hand Washing: Ask that they remind children to wash their hands properly.
- What to do in an emergency. Make sure they have all emergency contact numbers.
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