Asthma is very common among school aged children. It is a lung condition that can make it harder to breathe. Although many people "get better," asthma can last a lifetime. Some things may bother the airways and "trigger" an asthma attack. These may include cold weather, exercise, strong odors, or fragrances. You may be asked to complete an Asthma Health History Form to give the County Nurse an overview of how asthma effects your child.

Symptoms of asthma may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • A tight feeling in the chest
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Itchy throat

Asthma is different for everyone and the symptoms and triggers may change. For this reason, we ask that parents ask their health care provider to update the Asthma Action Plan every year. Parents will be asked to complete the Assistance with Medication Form yearly. It is important that we have clear guidelines at school if your child has asthma.

A sudden asthma episode could (and frequently does) occur at school. We recommend that older students keep their rescue inhaler with them at all time. You will be asked to complete a Authorization to Carry Medication Form for older children.

If this is not recommended by their physician (especially for younger students), we can keep the inhaler (and spacer) to use when needed. Each student must provide their own inhaler with the appropriate written permission (Assistance with Medication Form).

It is very important that school personnel are prepared if your child has breathing difficulty at school. If your child has a history of sudden attacks or has worsening asthma symptoms which may require nebulized medications, please feel free to send nebulizer vials in for us to keep on an "as needed" basis. Again, we ask that parents complete the Assistance with Medication Form for nebulizer treatments.

We welcome open communication about the health status of your child. Your student's safety at school is a priority. Please feel free to contact us with any updates, questions, or concerns.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your schools Health Monitor or Douglas County Nurse.

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