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Preparation Key When Kids With Asthma Go Back to School
Date:7/25/2011

MONDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- As many kids with asthma get ready to head back to school this fall, the American Lung Association urged parents to prepare a detailed action plan to manage their child's condition and help ease their transition back to the classroom.

"While new clothes and backpacks are often thought of as back-to-school necessities, it is even more essential for parents of students with asthma to work with their healthcare providers and the school to develop a comprehensive action plan detailing the various elements of good asthma control in the school environment," Dr. Norman H. Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA), said in an ALA news release.

The ALA encouraged parents who have children with asthma to complete the following checklist to keep their kids healthy during the school year.

  • Create an action plan. Draw up a detailed list of personal information about the child's asthma symptoms, medications and specific instructions on how to deal with an asthma attack.
  • Get a check-up. Even if a child's asthma is well managed, asthma action plans, including medications and instructions regarding physical activity, should be re-evaluated and updated by a doctor each year.
  • Schedule a school visit. Meet with the school nurse and teachers to make sure they are updated on the child's asthma action plan, including specific asthma triggers and typical symptoms so they can help in the event of an attack.
  • Know the school's emergency plan. Aside from providing the school with emergency contact information, it's important for parents to know how the school staff handles crises and whether or not they have any specialized training for asthma-related emergencies.
  • Be an advocate. In all 50 states, students are legally able to keep their asthma medications with them at school. Schools have individu
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