Schools vary in their policies about where inhalers and other medication are kept. Your child needs to know that she can have access to her inhaler whenever she needs it and who she should approach to get it. Problems can raise at break time, particularly on very cold days. Your child may panic if she is outside and her inhaler is locked away inside the school building.

This is why a temporary staff looking after children during non teaching time need to realize how important it is for asthma sufferers to be given medication when they need it, and what they should do in an emergency. Your child school will have a clear policy on where medication is kept, how its use is recorded and who is allowed to administrator it. A child who understands all these ground rules will be able to concentrate on school work, secure in the knowledge that help will be given an asthma attack seem imminent.

Keep your child at home if:

– The wheezing continues after she has taken her medication
– There is any sign of possible infection, such as a sore throat or swollen glands
– She seems hot and feverish
– She seems unusually tired

Keep the school fully informed about your child's condition. Make sure your child knows that she can use her reliever up to every four hours. Give the school a peak flow meter like the one you use at home, with the normal and danger levels clearly marked. Steroid drugs are inhaled in small amounts through an inhaler, and are very effective. The dose given is illegally to cause any long term side effects. After use, it is important to rinse the mouth and spit out to reduce the risk further.