Help Contribute to Better Asthma Management in Schools

It’s time for students to head back to school—which means new classrooms and teachers. If you know a child or teenager living with asthma, you may be concerned about their activity in school sports and at recess, especially if the child’s asthma is exercise-induced. Here’s a back-to-recess checklist that will help everyone breathe easier when they head back to the classroom.
• Get back to Asthma Basics: The more you know about asthma, the more prepared you are to support a child’s asthma self-management. Take Asthma Basics, an online one-hour course to ensure you’re armed with the knowledge of what causes asthma flare-ups, the importance of an action plan and how to respond in case of an emergency.
• Is your child ready to self-carry their medication? Access to quick-relief medication is critical when living with asthma. Use our Student Readiness Assessment Tool to see if your student is ready to keep their asthma medication with them throughout the school day. If not, the tool will help you create a plan to build the knowledge and skills to prepare your child for that responsibility one day.
• Take a look at your Asthma Action Plan. A physical before the school year starts is a perfect time to go over your child’s Asthma Action Plan with their healthcare provider. As people age, their asthma symptoms and medication needs may change. Use our resources to create or update your child’s asthma action plan and check one other thing off of your to-do list.
• It’s a team effort. Talk to the school nurse, physical education teacher and coach about your child’s asthma and share a copy of your child’s Asthma Action Plan. This is very important for students with exercise-induced asthma.
While there is no perfect physical activity for students with asthma, all sports can be enjoyed when a student’s asthma is under control. Taking time to make sure your child’s asthma is well managed and working with school administrators to ensure they are aware will help your students and athletes stay in the game.
For more information and tips about asthma, visit Lung.org/asthma or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to talk to a respiratory therapist.