The number one thing parent’s forget on their child’s back to school checklist

It’s that glorious time of the year when you can drop your children 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 getting interrupted every five minutes.

Back to school must-have

You’re stocked up on new shoes, uniforms, pencil cases, backpacks, highlighters, and everything else that is a must-have for back to school; but there might be something you overlooked.

While it may not be the latest gadget, it is far more important to ensuring your child is ready for back to school. It is knowing whether your child is asthma ready for back to school.

Back to school time is a peak time for asthma flare-ups in school-aged children; with asthma-related hospitalisations spiking during this time every year1. But if you’re prepared, you can help minimise the risk.

Does your child have an asthma action plan?

An asthma action plan clearly outlines your child’s medication, dosage timing and frequency. Make an appointment with your child’s doctor to fill out an asthma action plan for your child ready to take to school. The action plan should also address emergency situations and medications that must be administered in case of an asthma attack, along with specified dosage and frequency. If your child is older, speak to your child about the common triggers that may result in a flare-up and teach them to watch out for any early signs and seek immediate medical attention. Speak to your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist for tips on creating a comprehensive asthma action plan for your child.

Be up to date with your child’s asthma medication

A detailed asthma action plan helps in better asthma management. Visit your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacy for all your asthma medication: preventer puffers and blue/grey reliever puffers; along with at least two spacers. Ensure all your child’s medication and devices are clearly labelled. Ask us in store for a FREE spacer label for your child*. Use our TerryWhite Chemmart Health App to make medication management easier for you or your loved one. The Carer Mode feature within the app makes it extremely easy to manage your child’s asthma medication along with any other medications and supplements.

Get to know the support team at school

Once you have completed the asthma action plan for your child, book in some time with your child’s teacher and school nurse to discuss the plan. It may be worth introducing yourself to other support staff to give them an opportunity to ask you any questions or concerns that they may have. Your child’s asthma action plan must be kept up to date and any changes must be communicated to teachers and the school nurse. Ask your child’s teacher about dropping off spare medications and spacers along with the asthma action plan.

Build a support system

Once you have completed the asthma action plan for your child, book in some time with your child’s teacher and school nurse to discuss the plan. It may be worth introducing yourself to other support staff to give them an opportunity to ask you any questions or concerns that they may have. Your child’s asthma action plan must be kept up to date and any changes must be communicated to teachers and the school nurse. Ask your child’s teacher about dropping off spare medications and spacers along with the asthma action plan.

Pharmacist tips

Teach your child to use the inhaler with a spacer:

  1. Shake the inhaler well.
  2. Remove cap and fit the inhaler into the back of the spacer.
  3. Ask your child to put the mouthpiece of the spacer into their mouth and form a good seal with their lips.
  4. If your child is very young, you will need to fit their spacer with a mask.
  5. Fire one puff from the inhaler canister to deliver one dose of medicine into the spacer.
  6. Ask your child to breathe normally, into and out of the spacer, four times.
  7. If a second dose has been prescribed shake the inhaler again and repeat above steps.

Visit your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist to check your child’s inhaler technique and ask for a demonstration on using a spacer.

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Svjetlana Conn

Pharmacist
TerryWhite Chemmart
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For further information and support for your child’s asthma, call Asthma Australia on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or visit asthma.org.au

1Asthma: treatment and management, Canberra: AIHW. Accessed online: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/asthma/contents/treatment-management

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