Back To School: Tips for Managing Your Child’s Asthma

Back To School: Tips for Managing Your Child’s Asthma

With the summer holidays almost at a close, the familiar sights and sounds of autumn will soon signal the return to school for many students. While this season brings excitement and new beginnings, it can also present challenges for those with asthma. With fluctuating weather conditions and the potential for respiratory infections, it's essential for students with asthma to have a well-prepared plan in place. In this blog, we'll explore seven valuable tips to help students cope with asthma and enjoy a successful return to school this autumn.

  1. Regular Medication Management: Before the school year starts, ensure your child's asthma medication plan is up to date (an Asthma Action Plan can be downloaded from Asthma + Lung UK here). Discuss any changes in dosage or medication with their healthcare provider. Teach your child how to effectively use their inhalers or other prescribed devices. Make sure they always have their medications with them and that school staff are aware of their condition and how to assist if needed.
  2. Allergen Awareness: Autumn brings with it a surge of allergens like some pollens and mould spores. If your child suffers at this time of the year, you could try keeping windows closed and using air purifiers at home. Also, make sure they understand the importance of hand hygiene to minimise allergen transfer.
  3. Weather Influences: The fluctuating weather patterns of autumn can trigger asthma symptoms. Suggest that your child dresses in layers to adapt to temperature changes and provide them with a scarf or face mask to help warm and humidify the air before it enters their lungs. During cold or wet days, remind them to cover their nose and mouth with a scarf.
  4. Physical Activity and Exercise: Physical education classes are essential for a child's overall development, but they can also trigger asthma symptoms. Ensure that the school is aware of your child's condition and discuss a suitable plan for managing physical activities. Encourage your child to carry their rescue inhaler and take breaks when needed.
  5. Healthy Diet for Healthy Lungs: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can contribute to overall lung health. Make sure your child has nutritious snacks that support their lung function and energy levels throughout the school day. Hydration is equally important, so provide them with a reusable water bottle to keep them hydrated.
  6. Open Communication with School Staff: Maintain open lines of communication with your child's school and teachers. Inform them about your child's asthma triggers, symptoms, and emergency action plan. Discuss any necessary accommodations, such as sitting away from open windows or minimising exposure to potential irritants.
  7. Flu and Cold Prevention: Autumn is also the start of the season for flu and cold viruses, which can worsen asthma symptoms. Teach your child to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding close contact with sick classmates. Consider getting them vaccinated against the flu to reduce the risk of illness.

Returning to school in autumn can be an exciting experience for students. With careful planning and adherence to an asthma management routine, students with asthma can minimise the impact of triggers on their respiratory health. By following these tips, you'll empower your child to navigate the school year confidently and thrive both academically and physically. Remember, working together with healthcare providers, school staff, and your child can make a significant difference in managing asthma effectively.

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