Schools, Childcare Settings, and Coaches
Children spend a majority of their days at school, in childcare, or in after school sports and activities. Many of these children may be suffering from asthma. Approximately 1 child out of a team of 15 student athletes will have asthma. There are several things that schools, childcare settings, and coaches can do to ensure the health and safety of students with asthma.
- Make sure you identify students with asthma.
- Make sure you can identify the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack or worsening asthma.
- Check the daily air quality.
- Check out the Asthma Clipboard Program. The program is a 30-minute online educational program that focuses on:
- Identifying students having worsening asthma or an asthma attack,
- What medications are used and when to use them,
- Ways to prevent exercise induced asthma, and
- Steps to take when athletes are experiencing worsening asthma or asthma attacks.
- Have an asthmatic student create an Asthma Action Plan with their doctors.
- Check out these educational resources and programs created by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
- Wee Breathers: This program is designed to help healthcare professionals who educate parents of asthmatic children under the age of 7. The goal is to educate parents of asthmatic children on proper management and about common asthma triggers.
- Asthma Basics for Children: This program is for early childhood educators and parents to educate them on the basics of asthma management.
- Free Continuing Education: Health professionals needing to earn continuing education credits can take 12 modules about asthma.
- For health questions related to your student’s school, please contact the Public Health Nurse in your area.