Did you hear that? A collective sigh of relief from parents everywhere? The kids are headed back to school!

While it’s nice to get back to a routine, it’s always a bit troubling to send your little one off into someone else’s care. For parents of asthma sufferers, this time of year is a great opportunity to talk with your youngster:

  • Does he/she understand why they need to take their medication?
  • Can he/she identify and avoid triggers?
  • Does he/she know dosing instructions?
  • Can he/she self-administer medication, regularly and responsibly?

Even if you can answer “yes” to these questions, you should work on drafting an action plan that includes: a history of the condition, triggers, dosing instructions, notes from your physician and emergency contact numbers. Make sure your school has a copy of your child’s information and find out who is in charge of administering medication.

Be proactive!

Indoor air quality (IAQ) also plays a big role in the prevalence of asthma. If you feel like there may be some IAQ issues at your school, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s excellent IAQ Action Kit. The kit is built for administrators, teachers and parents and includes a number of checklists and action plans for improvement.