Asthma Checklist for Return to School

Filed under Education & Childcare, News, Sport & Recreation ~ by Press on  21 Jan 2019

asthma-156094_640Asthma flare ups are common when children return to school after the Christmas break, resulting in significant increase in hospitalisations and days off school

Parents and carers should put their child’s asthma plan at the top of their back-to-school list.

Asthma Australia has an asthma check list for parents and carers.

  1. See your doctor for a signed Action Plan or Care Plan. Most schools require an updated plan for each student with asthma at the start of the new school year.
  2. Check with the school about their medication policy and work with staff to find the best way to manage your child’s asthma medication, including before physical activity.
  3. Make time to talk with the class teacher and the school nurse about your child’s asthma, their asthma plan and their usual triggers, symptoms and medications.

Asthma symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Difficulty speaking a full sentence in one breath
  • Tightness of the chest

In the event of an asthma flare-up start Asthma First Aid:

  • Sit the person upright and reassure them
  • Give 4 separate puffs of the blue/grey reliever puffer
  • Wait 4 minutes, if no improvement give 4 more puffs of the blue/grey reliever as above
  • If there is still no improvement, call an ambulance on 000. Mention that someone is having an asthma flare up and keep repeating the 4 puffs every 4 minutes until the ambulance arrives.

The period after Christmas holidays is often ripe for an increase in asthma flare ups – sometimes preventer medicines are not taken daily as prescribed over the summer holidays or children mix with others and there is an inevitable spreading of viruses,” said Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman.

In preparation for the return back to school, we are advising parents and carers to review and update their child’s Asthma Action Plan with their GP, with support from their local community pharmacist.”

For more information about preparing an asthma management plan, see your local GP and visit or call 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462).

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