Asthma Tips Online for Schools in New York State

The Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) provide comprehensive information about how to manage asthma in your schools as well as free resources. Here are a few highlights:

 

There are simple critical steps you can take toward managing asthma in your school. Those steps include the following:

  • A confidential list of students with asthma on file in school health office
  • Children with asthma should have their asthma “rescue” medications in the school health office with permission from parent/caregiver to administer or for child to carry the meds
  • School policies and procedures for administering medications, including protocols for emergency response to a severe asthma episode
  • Asthma Action Plan from health care provider on file in school health office
  • Provide asthma education to staff, students, and parents (we can provide this)
  • Improve air quality in schools, including an end to car and bus idling

 

The Importance of Exercise Among Children with Asthma

Participation in exercise is another important step in managing asthma in your school. Children need physical activity as part of normal physical and mental and to prevent overweight and obesity. That includes children with asthma. But often, children with asthma do not participate in physical activity for fear their asthma symptoms will flare up.
For most children with asthma, pre-exercise medicine can prevent asthma symptoms from developing during activity. If you know of students with asthma who are not participating in recess or physical education, talk to their caregivers or health care providers!
Asthma is the leading cause of missed school days among children. While there is no cure for asthma, children can lead active, normal and healthy lives if their asthma is well-controlled.

 

Additional Online Resources for Schools