Asthma Factsheet (for Schools)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-snfAsthma-enHD-AR1.pngWhat teachers should know about asthma, and how to help students prevent and deal with flare-ups.asthma, school, asthmatic, special needs factsheet, special needs factsheets, special need factsheet, special need factsheets, CD1Asthma, CD1Pulmonology, CD1Allergy & Immunology08/19/201311/06/201911/06/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD09/13/2017017ea11a-2dd3-4e51-bb0d-251815c87f63https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-factsheet.html/<h3>What Teachers Should Know</h3> <p>Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Airways get irritated and swollen, and may fill with mucus. Muscles around the airways may tighten, causing narrowing.</p> <p>Asthma is one of the main reasons that students miss school. There's no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so that kids and teens can live otherwise normal and healthy lives.</p> <p>When asthma symptoms happen (called asthma <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flare-up.html/">flare-ups</a>), students may need to make urgent visits to doctors' offices or the emergency room. During a flare-up, someone might have:</p> <ul> <li>wheezing</li> <li>coughing</li> <li>tightness of the chest</li> <li>shortness of breath</li> </ul> <p>Students with asthma may:</p> <ul> <li>need to take oral or inhaled medicine, usually in the school nurse's office</li> <li>feel jittery, anxious, or hyper after using their inhalers (also called bronchodilators)</li> <li>miss field trips to places that could make their asthma worse</li> <li>request the removal of allergens in classrooms that can trigger flare-ups</li> <li>need to be excused from phys-ed or other activities when they have flare-ups</li> </ul> <p>Bullies often target students who seem "different," so having a health condition like asthma can put kids and teens at higher risk of being bullied.</p> <h3>What Teachers Can Do</h3> <p>Students with asthma may need special consideration regarding missed instruction, assignments, and testing when they miss class time due to flare-ups, going to the school nurse's office to take medicine, and visiting their doctors.</p> <p>Keep in mind that students with asthma can participate in school sports, phys-ed, and other activities. Students who have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise-asthma-factsheet.html/">exercise-induced asthma (EIA)</a> may need to use their inhalers before participating in physical activities. They might have to take other precautions to avoid flare-ups &mdash; check with your students' parents.</p> <p>Make sure your students with asthma have written instructions from their doctor (called an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/action-plan-sheet.html/">asthma action plan</a>), which tells them how to prevent and manage flare-ups. You should know your students' asthma triggers and let them use their medicine when needed. If a student's symptoms get worse after taking medicine, call the school nurse or 911.</p>
Air Pollution & AsthmaDirty air can be bad news for someone with asthma. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ozone-asthma.html/151affd3-d5b6-4550-9226-05a25b057dd4
Air Pollution and AsthmaPoor air quality can make asthma worse. Here's what to do about it if you have asthma. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ozone-asthma.html/9988d51d-0056-4ae7-a833-afc3b956bd00
Asthma Action PlanUse this printable sheet to help manage your asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/action-plan-sheet.html/867ab324-fbf9-46e2-ad87-dbc9a0d0faf1
Asthma CenterAsthma keeps more kids home from school than any other chronic illness. Learn how to help your child manage the condition, stay healthy, and stay in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/asthma-center.html/cfa843fc-8e5e-43c8-a576-466a9b27e9c1
Asthma DiaryUse this weekly diary to record your child's asthma symptoms, peak flows, the amount of medicine taken.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-diary.html/1496f7cb-f9fe-42de-8e65-72b7edcd75ba
Asthma TriggersTriggers — things in the air, weather conditions, or activities — can cause asthma flare-ups. By knowing and avoiding triggers, you'll help lessen your child's asthma symptoms.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-triggers.html/9a1476d0-ef6a-4163-84cb-6ae622d1b98b
Asthma-Safe HomesHere's steps to remove or minimize triggers at home that cause asthma flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-homes.html/b3a43bd7-a584-4f82-bd4d-105c72f56e4b
Can Kids With Asthma Play Sports?Kids who have asthma can and do play sports. Find out how to do it safely in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-sports.html/25dae276-3d36-4a8d-a1a5-21ba8ec546a1
Can Kids and Teens With Asthma Play Sports?Kids and teens who have asthma can and do play sports. But some activities are better than others - find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-sports.html/bef302fd-e2ca-4855-9104-08a6bb2b033a
Can People With Asthma Play Sports?Sports and exercise are a good idea for people with asthma. But some activities are better than others - find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-sports.html/8d5eb9a3-862b-41cb-ba0a-e9cb373c62ec
Can the Weather Affect My Asthma?Weather can affect a person's asthma. Find out how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/weather-asthma.html/ae213ad9-c822-4c70-bdaa-8b45481e627c
Can the Weather Affect My Child's Asthma?Sometimes, the weather can affect a child's asthma symptoms. Here are some tips for dealing with it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/weather-asthma.html/7555f437-3c6a-462a-9928-0511b245a688
Dealing With Asthma TriggersIf you have asthma, certain things may cause you to cough and have trouble breathing. Find out more about asthma triggers in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-triggers.html/e6cb1f48-bf9a-4ba5-9a87-a91fdc1efc7b
Exercise-Induced AsthmaSome people have asthma symptoms only during or after exercise. This is called exercise-induced asthma. Get some tips for coping with it in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/exercise-asthma.html/71bafeaf-e238-4c91-937d-f4382e3c1e2f
First Aid: Asthma Flare-UpsDuring a flare-up or attack, it's hard to breathe. While some flare-ups are mild, others can be life threatening, so it's important to deal with them right away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-flare-sheet.html/512da67f-1e8f-4038-95d0-03beffb9ad64
Handling an Asthma Flare-UpHow can you prepare for an asthma flare-up? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-flare-up.html/299f548c-fa21-4edd-8681-ede63bc903f8
How Can I Deal With My Asthma?Asthma is more common these days than it used to be. The good news is it's also a lot easier to manage and control.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-mgmt.html/79651480-4a69-4ed6-b096-969ddf016040
How Do Asthma Medicines Work?Kids who have asthma need to take medicine. But what kind of medicine do they take and what does it do? Let's find out.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-medicines.html/310702af-b801-44ef-955f-c318ec618a71
School and AsthmaLots of teens have asthma. Here are tips on keeping it under control so you can prevent (or manage) a flare-up at school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-asthma.html/919224e7-b8ae-473c-9a55-95ffacaf91a1
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