Asthma action plans for students – Parents and Schools urged to work with child’s doctor

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on August 16, 2017 with No Comments

Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. As students head back to school, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging parents and schools to have a plan to help students manage their asthma and stay in class.

An asthma action plan can help ensure children don’t miss important time in the classroom and even save a student’s life. Parents are encouraged to work with their child’s doctor to create a plan that lists daily treatment or medications and when they should be administered. The plan also should include details on how to handle worsening symptoms or attacks and guidelines on when a doctor should be called and when to go to the emergency room. Plans should be signed by a physician and kept on file at school.

“As someone with asthma, I’ve learned that the best way to prevent a severe attack is to recognize the symptoms and treat flare-ups quickly,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “I urge parents to partner with their child’s healthcare provider and school to identify asthma triggers and to complete an asthma action plan.”

Schools need to be aware of the students who have been diagnosed with asthma so they can make sure those students are receiving the necessary school health services, taking their medicines and learning to use them appropriately. Schools can help provide a safe and healthy environment for students by working with indoor air quality advisers to reduce asthma triggers and offering safe and enjoyable physical education and activities for students with asthma. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/asthma/index.htm for more information.

Asthma Action Plan

Providing asthma education for students with asthma and awareness programs for students, school staff, parents and families can also help ensure students don’t lose vital instruction time. Each year, 10.5 million school days are missed due to asthma, and more than 441,000 instructional hours were lost in Indiana due to asthma in the 2011-2012 school year.

For more information and resources, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at http://www.in.gov/isdh/24965.htm or go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website at www.epa.gov/asthma/awareness.html.

Children with asthma can be just as active as other children. They do not have to limit their activities if they stick with their treatment plans. With good asthma control, a child should be able to play the sports he/she enjoys. Check with your doctor first.



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