Recommendations for asthmatic children in school
Meet with relevant teachers, school nurses and staff to inform them about the condition of your children and their special needs.
Indicate to school staff what asthma medications your child takes and how to help during an asthma attack.
Ask the school staff to treat your child “normally” when the asthma is under control.
Before starting a physical education class, inform the teacher or coach about exercise-induced asthma. In this circumstance children should inhale from a short-acting bronchodilator ten minutes before.
Check the indoor air quality for any allergens and irritants that may be at the school.
Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms arising that could hamper the energy level of your child.
Secure your child’s emotional well-being by stating that asthma does not make them less than or different from other children.
Child asthma control throughout the years.
It is very important to be honest with your child about their illness, the severity of it and the use of drugs. Always remember, as your child grows independence is an important goal for a child. They do not want to be different, but need guidance and supervision on any restrictions they may have.
Children at this age are completely dependent on their parents. They understand little about the disease. The most important factor in this age group is trying to make taking the medicine fun, while emphasizing the importance of taking medications.
Let them help you whenever they can.
This group has a greater ability to understand their disease and its impact. They should be taught about their medications, how to limit exercise and how to avoid asthma triggers. They should be allowed to play with peers and monitor their own symptoms.
Generally, adolescents resist having to take medications for chronic diseases, do not like having restrictions on their lives and do not want to be different. It is crucial to involve your child or adolescent in every aspect of controlling their asthma. They should help with goal setting and help decide which medications work best for them. You can give them a “contract” for asthma so they can have some control of their asthma, while allowing for the general supervision of their condition by their parents.
Having asthma does not mean having less fun than other adolescents. It is important for your teenagers to tell their friends and when dating what triggers the asthma, such as tobacco smoke or even perfumes or aftershave depending on one’s sensitivity. Also, your adolescent should continue taking the asthma medication as prescribed.
If the adolescent has exercise-induced asthma, they may need to take a preventive medicine before participating in any physical activity like dancing.