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Get smart about asthma before getting back to school

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Before returning to the classroom, it’s important that children with asthma are prepared for the school year ahead. As a caregiver, when equipped with the right information, you can feel comfortable knowing that your child’s asthma is well-managed during the school day. You and your child can learn more about being smart about asthma at school by visiting www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com.

1. Build an asthma action plan.

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Work with your child’s doctor to create an asthma action plan that includes information about symptoms, physical limitations, medication and instructions on what steps to take when symptoms occur.

2. Make sure your child’s medical information is complete and up-to-date.

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(BPT) - Before the school year begins, don’t forget to provide teachers and school nurses with your child’s most up-to-date information and treatment plan.

3. Meet with teachers, the school nurse and the principal.

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Schedule routine meetings throughout the school year to discuss your child’s condition and review his or her asthma action plan to ensure the right steps will be taken should your child experience symptoms during the school day.

4. Help your child understand asthma.

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Before the busy school year begins, make sure your child has the right knowledge to better manage his or her asthma, including understanding triggers and knowing the signs of a flare-up caused by inflammation in the large and small airways of the lungs. To learn more visit www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com.

5. Teach your child about his or her medication.

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Spend time teaching your child how to be responsible with his or her treatment. Whether it’s a long-term control medicine or a rescue inhaler, be sure your child knows how to properly take his or her medication at the appropriate times.

6. Label your child’s medication.

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Be sure your child’s name, dosage and detailed instructions are clearly labeled on their medication to make sure he or she receives the right treatment at the onset of symptoms.

7. Complete the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) Quick Report Card.

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Evaluate the school’s surroundings and help to create an asthma-friendly learning environment by printing and completing AAFA’s Allergy and Asthma Assessment found at www.aafa.org/pdfs/QRCSchoolsFINAL.pdf.


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