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Asthma Epidemic infographic

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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


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


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