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Monday, July 11, 2011

Asthma Action Plans








There are a lot of different types of Asthma Action Plans on the internet. I like this one from the Utah Asthma Program's website . That's the version our school nurse uses, and we just got our copy in the mail. Our School Nurse sends out a new Asthma Action Plan for us to fill out every summer. We also get a Self Administration Form to fill out.

By the way, did you know that it is legal in every state in the U.S. for students to carry their inhaler with them during school? However, you must fill out a Self Administration Form every year, sign it, and have the doctor and principal sign it. As long as your child is old enough to use their inhaler on their own, they can carry it with them. (Do you really want them to have an attack out on the soccer field and have their inhaler locked up in the front office?!) We all know that schools are drug-free, however students with asthma and diabetes are allowed to carry their medication with them.

Also, according to Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, every state except for three allow students to carry their Epi Pen with them as well. (Wisconsin, New York and Rhode Island still need anaphylaxis laws)

So, even though it's the middle of summer, we are getting the kid's forms filled out by Asthma Doc so I can mail them back to our School Nurse. Please do your school nurse a favor-if your kids have asthma, let her know! (And get your Asthma Action Plan filled out!) She can't help your child if they have an asthma attack and she doesn't know what their triggers are or what medication and dosage they need. It also helps their teacher know what to do to help them.

Don't waste precious minutes during an asthma attack wondering what to do. Have your child's Asthma Action Plan filled out and on file at the school. Keep a copy at home as well. I almost feel like it's Murphy's Law-if my kids have one on file at the school, they won't need to use it. If I don't have one on file, they will have an asthma attack and need it. Either way, protect your kids and get yours filled out now!

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