With the return to school upon us either this week or next, depending on where your children go to school, most parents are busy rushing around getting everything ready. Buying new uniforms, stationary, shoes, and then facing the incessant labeling that needs to be done.
For those parents with children who suffer from medical conditions there is other considerations think about:
Does the new teacher / school know about their child’s condition?
Do they have in date medication in school?
Is there a care plan in place?
This post is about asthma specifically because admission to hospital from exacerbation of asthma is at its peak in September. There could be a number of factors contributing to this such as:
Change in Season.
More coughs and colds.
If your child is asthmatic make sure they are fit and ready for their return to school.
How can I help?
You could take the following steps to ensure that your child avoids hospital and survives the bugs that the winter brings as well as their return to school:
Make sure they have a full, in date inhaler both at home and in school.
If they need one make sure they have a spacer.
Check their inhaler technique as poor technique can make their asthma worse.
Visit your GP for a review.
Download the asthma school card which you can access from Asthma UK
Get to know the signs that your child’s asthma is getting worse as this is likely to happen in the days leading up to an attack.
There was some legislation brought out in 2014 that allows school to have a spare inhaler but this has not been accessed by all schools so it is better to be prepared and make sure your child can access their medication when they need to.
How to manage an asthma attack
Asthma affects many people and it is a condition which can be well controlled. It can also be a bit unpredictable at times, so it is best to be prepared and not leave anything to chance.
Good luck with the return to school from everyone at Safety First
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