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If your child has asthma, be sure to have your Asthma Action Plan ready before they go back to school this fall. Parents should work with us at Pediatric Pulmonary Association of Tucson and the child’s school to come up with the details of a plan that works best for their child.

So what should be noted in these plans? Here’s a quick check list:

  • Possible symptoms of an asthma attack which could include wheezing, shortness of breath, a feeling of a tightness in the chest, fatigue, coughing at night or early morning.
  • Possible triggers of an attack such as a certain situation or time of year, pet dander, smoke, seasonal allergies, and the common cold.
  • What rescue medications are recommended and where they are available?
  • Albuterol inhaler with spacer and/or nebulizer and medications
  • Carried with your child (if 12 or older) or at school nurse
  • With sports coaches and/or aftercare programs
  • Your child’s Asthma Action Plan and School Form from PPA will include our phone number. We are available 24/7.   
  • You should also identify the closest emergency room, your usual pharmacy and a 24 hour pharmacy close to you that accepts your insurance, as well as people and contact information to notify when your child is having an asthma attack, including both parents, step-parents, other family members, and close friends.

Other things to do before school starts:

  • A check up!  In fact, be sure to do follow-up visits as we recommend – we will update the Action Plan as needed.
  • Meet with the school and develop a relationship with the nurse and teacher — discuss the Action Plan and the school’s process in dealing with asthma attacks.  Paperwork will most likely be needed to be arranged for the nurse to have the medication or for your child can carry their medication with them at school.
  • Consider a 504C Plan – ask your school about it!

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