It’s that glorious time of year when you can drop your kids off in the mornings and just… breathe. Sure, there are a trillion things to cross off your to-do list, but you can now actually get them done (without hearing ‘muuuuuum’ or ‘daaaaaaad’ every 5 minutes).
And while you’re stocked up on new shoes, pants, pencil cases, pens, rulers, highlighters, pencils, erasers (we know… it’s a long list), there might be something you’ve overlooked.
No, not the latest and greatest weird handheld winding, twisting, spinning… thing. It’s whether they’re asthma-ready for school.
Back-to-school time is a peak time for asthma flare-ups in children, with asthma-related hospitalisations spiking during this time every year. But if you’re prepared, you can help minimise the risk.
So, what can you do to prepare?
Firstly, ensure you have an up-to-date copy of your child’s Asthma Care Plan – you can download a copy here then visit your GP who will complete the Care Plan with you. Once you have a completed Asthma Care Plan, provide this to your child’s school. An Asthma Care Plan will outline clearly for yourself and for your child’s school what steps are needed to manage your child’s asthma properly, not just when they’re well but also if there’s an asthma emergency.
Next, visit a TerryWhite Chemmart! You can pick up all the things you need to be asthma-ready for school. Blue/grey reliever mediation and age-appropriate spacers (or two), all labelled and ready for providing to your school. The pharmacist there can also check your child’s inhaler technique to make sure they are getting the most out of their medications.
They’ll also show you how to download and activate the Health app – the ‘carer mode’ feature makes it super easy to manage your child’s asthma (and any other) medications.
Finally – and this is a step that can easily be missed in the back-to-school rush – make sure you book in some time to talk to your child’s teacher.
At the start of a new school year, you might need to update teachers on any changes in your child’s asthma management and/or clue in any new staff on your child’s asthma need. This is also the perfect time to drop off spare medication, a copy of your Asthma Care Plan and spare spacer to the school!
If you do have questions, have a chat to a pharmacist or your GP.