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When Should Asthma Go To School?
On February 5, 2009 @ 9:14 am In All Articles,At School
Some days it can be hard to decide whether a child with asthma symptoms should go to school or not. Your goal is always zero missed school days due to asthma, but that can be difficult to achieve when your child’s treatment plan is still in development, you’re not sure what environmental factors are causing his asthma symptoms or he’s in a transition period.
Your can send your child to school with
Keep your child home with
Good communication among teachers, parents and students will enable a child to attend school on marginal days. Notify teachers that your child is in pre- or post-asthma flare stages but controlled with medications. If possible or if needed, go to the school to check on your child just before the next dose of medication is due.
When a child needs help
The key to keeping kids in school is keeping them healthy. Children with high absentee rates need medical help. Children who can’t participate in physical activities need medical help. Children who are frequently in crisis need medical help. These are signs that a child’s asthma or allergy management plan is not working. Parents and teachers should take the time to identify why the child is missing school and unable to participate fully in school activities.
Parents should consider
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” your child may miss more school than necessary. If you answered “yes” to all of these questions and your child is still having problems at school with asthma or allergies, further investigation by your child’s physician or perhaps a second medical opinion would be helpful.
Helping your child stay in school is an important part of helping him overcome, not just cope with, asthma and allergies.
First published: The MA Report, August 2006
Updated: February 2009
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 It’s Back to School: Is Your Child Asthma and Allergy Aware?: http://www.aanma.org/2009/01/is-your-child-asthma-and-allergy-aware/
 Food Allergies at School: http://www.aanma.org/2009/01/food-allergies-at-school/
 Peak Flow Meters: http://www.aanma.org/2009/03/peak-flow-meters/
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