It can be difficult for any parent to send their young child off back to school, especially during a pandemic, but imagine if your child had asthma. You probably would never want to let him or her out of your sight, but that’s unrealistic. The last thing in the world you’d want to happen is for your child to have an asthma attack at school and you’re not there!
The reality is that approximately 6.8 million children are living with asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, African-American children are nearly 2x more likely to have asthma compared to white children.
BlackDoctor.org understands your concerns as a parent of a child who has asthma, so I spoke with Dr. Bola Oyeyipo, a family physician in San Antonio, Texas and co-founder of Healthgist.com to bring you these five tips to help keep your child safe and healthy this year and for many more years to come.
1. Inform your child’s school.
Sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with your child’s teacher, the school nurse, principal, and whoever else will be interacting with your child on a daily basis. Let him or her know how severe your child’s asthma is and what his or her triggers are.
“Most schools require a doctor’s note stating what medications a pupil is on, how often should he or she use the medication, and the indication for the medication. This record is usually kept in the school records for the nurse to access as needed,” Dr. Oyeyipo explains. “To keep your child suffering from asthma safe at school, it’s imperative that the medication form is filled out and on file with the school, so they can intervene if and when your child suffers an asthma attack on the school campus.”