Allergies and Asthma
These are a few facts from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics:
- Asthma is a condition that affects nearly 9.1 million children and adolescents in the United States.
- It is thought to be responsible for at least 25% (some say as high as 60%) of all school absenteeism.
The impact of asthma and allergies can also be seen in the lack of participation in athletic and exercise and the amount of time spent taking medication during school hours. Asthma is not a contagious disease; it is a chronic inflammatory disease. You never “outgrow” asthma. You learn to control the triggers and symptoms effecting the asthma. The negative impacts of asthma do not need to happen. When allergies and asthma are controlled, students can maintain good performance in school and participate fully in physical activity. School personnel, the parent, the student and their doctor can work together to achieve the following goals:
- Identify students with asthma - we need to know your student has asthma
- Have asthma management plans - help obtain information and medication orders from your students doctor
- Help student identify and avoid triggers - make sure your student knows what triggers his/her asthma episodes and tell school personnel
- Provide care when asthmatic episodes occur - provide medication to the school for use when necessary (this also involves getting a medication order from the doctor)
- Monitor asthma management - school nursing personnel contact teachers and staff regarding your students asthma
Make sure that if your student has asthma or allergy issues that the school nurse is aware of their triggers and treatments.