A guide to school and asthma: Be proactive and be prepared

Sending your child who suffers from asthma to nursery or school for the first time can be a scary time for many parents. It is easy to worry about whether your child will get the care, attention and support they need. This can be an especially worrisome time if your child suffers from severe asthma which is easily triggered. However, as long as you are proactive and prepared, you should be able to worry less about your child’s safety.

Be Proactive

Be proactive in making sure your child is safe as school. Make sure you can answer these simple questions

Who is responsible for your child’s asthma?

Before sending your children off the school makes sure you know who is responsible for their well-being. This could be a teacher, key worker, member of support staff, or school nurse

What do they need to be responsible for?

School can be a busy place. Therefore, scheduling a chat will give you all the time you need to discuss all areas of your child’s asthma, and help with making sure your child is safe at school.

It is important that the person responsible for your child’s asthma at school is aware of the specific symptoms and triggers. You may also want a school nurse present at this meeting.

What will happen if your child has an asthma attack?

It is also important that your child’s teacher or key worker is aware of the symptoms of an asthma attack, who to contact in an emergency, and when to call 911.

Be Prepared

Make sure everyone who might be responsible for your child’s asthma is prepared. This include’s both staff and your child.

Here are two simple checklists to make sure everyone is prepared.

Make sure your child:

1. Has their in-date medication with them at school or nursery
2. Knows where their medication is kept.
3. Understands how and when to inform their teacher about their asthma.

Make sure the responsible staff member:

1. Knows what an inhaler is, and how it works.
2. Knows if there is an emergency inhaler in school, and where is kept.
3. Has written consent that they can give your child extra medication is school if needed.

By following these two simple steps you will be able to let your mind rest, knowing that your child is in safe hands at school.
For more information about school and asthma visit Asthma UK.