Asthma Epidemic Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions This information has been reviewed and approved by Kirstin Carel, MD (August 2013). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: Summary: The Asthma Epidemic: Pediatric Asthma And Allergies In School 14.4 million school days per year are missed by kids with asthma, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Tips for keeping your child with asthma in school: Use Medication Consistently Be proactive with medication before symptoms begin Check expiration dates Bring a separate set of meds to leave at school Create An Asthma Action Plan Have your doctor fill out the plan so you can bring it to school Use peak flow monitoring for symptoms Clearly label medication dosage and use for school personnel Download the National Jewish Health School Asthma Action Plan Minimize Allergens Allergens can trigger asthma; treat them per doctor's instructions Some pollens & molds spoke in late summer or early fall- take medications before symptoms get worse If Your Child Has Food Allergies Notify school of your child's food allergies. Have a plan for special occasions (e.g., classroom parties) Discourage your child from sharing food or eating any that is not labeled and checked by an adult Make sure the school has quick-relief medications for your child (e.g., diphenhydramine, epinephrine, albuterol) Practice Good Hygiene Close contact with other students at school helps viruses spread. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, especially before eating and after using the restroom Keep a sick child home More Information on Pediatric Asthma and Allergies WATCH: Asthma Epidemic Video School Asthma Action Plan (pdf) Pediatric Asthma Pediatric Allergy Food Allergy Recommendations Food-Allergy-Safe Recipes Pediatric Asthma Treatment Programs Allergy Treatment Programs (Pediatric & Adult) Food Allergy Treatment Program Division of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Find a Doctor Make an Appointment You may use this infographic or our back to school health infographic poster (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form.