Students with Asthma at Guilford County Schools
According to a 2007 study by the CDC, 10% of North Carolinians between the ages of six and eleven have asthma, as do 9.2% of those between the ages of twelve and seventeen. There are some things that parents of asthmatic children in Greensboro, North Carolina and surrounding areas can do to help their little ones handle their asthma while at school. At FastMed Urgent Care, we’re dedicated to community health, so here’s what you need to know before you send a child who has asthma to any of the schools in Guilford County.
If your child needs an inhaler, he or she should be well-versed in how to use it. Children who bring inhalers or other medications to school will have to demonstrate to the school nurse that they know how to administer the medication. Students are allowed to self-administer medication for asthma, as long as certain procedures are followed.
At the beginning of the academic year, make sure you let the school know that your child has asthma. You should fill out the “Authorization of Medication for a Student at School” form for Guilford County Schools (which must be signed by a health care clinician). FastMed can easily take care of this at one of the FastMed Greensboro locations on Battleground Avenue or West Market Street. If you forget the form, another format can be used as long as it includes the name of the clinician; the medication type, dosage, and frequency; the diagnosis; and any possible adverse reactions. At the end of the school year, make sure your child brings the inhaler and medication home.
The school nurse is responsible for helping your child use his or her inhaler if it becomes necessary. If there are any issues, the nurse will contact the student’s parents. Older children may be able to do this on their own, but youngsters should be introduced to the nurse and know where the nurse’s office is and how to get there from their classrooms. You may want to walk your child to and from the classroom and the nurse’s office on the first day, so he or she feels more comfortable.
Depending on the severity of your child’s asthma, you may also want to discuss the situation with the physical education instructor at your child’s Greensboro-area school. If the gym teacher or coach knows upfront that a child has asthma, he or she can be on the lookout for warning signs and also may allow your child to sit out during overly strenuous activities if necessary.
The best way to prevent or ease an asthma attack is by educating your child. What kinds of activities or stimuli tend to trigger an attack? What are the warning signs of an asthma attack? Your child should know how to tell if an asthma attack is coming on, and that if he or she experiences these signs or symptoms, it’s time to go to the nurse’s office. Preparation is the key to prevention, and you can send your child to school in Greensboro or High Point with confidence knowing that both your child and the staff are trained in emergency procedures.