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At School with Asthma


The beginning of the school year is stressful for most children and their parents. But if your child has asthma, the anticipation of the coming school year becomes even more nerve-racking. It doesn’t have to be that way. With some preparation and organization, you and your kids can have a problem-free year.

Triggers inside and outside the classroom are everywhere. Rugs or carpeting can collect dust mites and chalk dust. Furry animals in class are cute but problematic. Rigorous sports may exert your student. Then there is freshly mowed grass on the playground, trees and weeds outside a classroom, and chemicals used for cleaning the building and treating the lawn.  

Mold can grow in gym lockers and shower stalls, as well as classrooms. Any of these allergens and irritants can send a child with asthma into a full-blown attack. You can’t be in control of everything children will be exposed to at school, but there are several steps you can take to protect them:

  • Be sure your child’s medical information is complete and up to date.
  • Hand in a Student Asthma Action Card, which lists daily medications, triggers, symptoms and emergency plans.
  • Attach your child’s picture to the Asthma Action Card.
  • Ask your doctor for a letter stating which allergens and irritants cause problems for your child.
  • Attach your child’s name and dosage to every medication.
  • Set up appointments to meet with the school nurse, your child’s teachers, including the physical education teacher, and even the principal.
  • Speak to your children about their responsibility to take medications. Even at an early age, it is critical that your children begin to identify symptoms and learn to ask for help.
  • Look for Certified asthma & allergy friendly products to help you reduce asthma triggers in your home.


This information was made possible in part by the makers of Mitzy, available at Walgreens.


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