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Anyone who takes care of your child, including school staff, coaches and babysitters, should know your child has asthma and have a copy of the asthma action plan. Show them how to use your child’s inhaler and other medications.
A child’s asthma action plan should go wherever they go. Keep a copy at home — maybe on the refrigerator — and copies at school with teachers and the school nurse and anyone else who cares for the child.
This information ensures they have what they need in case your child has an asthma attack.
Review your child’s asthma action plan every six months to keep it current and allow for updates.
Asthma action plans are organized with the colors of a traffic light to help you and others understand which medicines, dosage amounts and actions to take based on symptoms:
School nurses or staff cannot give children rescue medications without an asthma action plan on file. Scheduling an appointment with your child’s pediatric pulmonologist before the school year starts is a good time to update the asthma action plan.
Talk with your child’s teacher, the school nurse and other school staff, such as bus drivers, coaches or physical education instructors about your child’s asthma triggers and symptoms and their action plan. Doing this is important for helping your child manage their condition while at school. If staff can help limit your child’s exposure to triggers, it can help prevent asthma events.
Other things parents and guardians can do: