Asthma and school

Would you call asthma the epidemic of the present age? Recent clinical research shows a frightening figure of twenty million people suffering from asthma attacks only in the United States. Surveys have also shown that the major victims are children. More than five million in the sufferer list are kids. Majority among them are school children and about 7% belonging to this category are below eighteen years.

Address the following questions to understand the possible remedial measures and asthma action plans for schools to asthma attacks a kid can follow in school.
Precisely how do students cope up with the asthma attacks at school?

  • Do they carry inhalers and specific drugs for self help?
  • Are they immediately shifted to hospital when triggered with the attack?
  • Or have schools developed the preventive management to protect its students from asthma attacks?

As remedial stances for asthma in schools you can assume a positive answer for each of the above mentioned questions. But in recent times the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has helped the educational institutions with a detailed study of asthma problem among young children and how to manage with the situation when the attack triggers.

Asthma Preventions in School – Fresh and healthy environment
Asthma attacks generate from different types of allergens. The most common allergens are dust mites, pollen from grass, cockroaches, furry pets like cats and dogs and molds.

Primarily the signs of asthma attack are related to intensive breathing trouble with breath shortness in every step of inhalation and exhalation. You might sneeze and cough violently and the chest seems to get blocked. The airways actually become narrow and deposition of mucus blocks the easy air movement.

  • To prevent such attacks in school, the environment has to be kept clean and well-maintained.
  • The school should not become the nesting hub for the allergens. Playgrounds should be trimmed at regular intervals and classrooms should be tidied daily. The overall surroundings of the school premises have to be kept free from damp.

Smoking strictly prohibited
The anti-smoking agenda has to be strictly followed both by the teachers and the taught in the school premises.

  • Always try to help the patients of asthma with a smoke-free environment.
  • You might not be a direct victim but you don’t have any right to create problems those who suffer from asthma by fulfilling your desire of releasing stress in the fumes of fags.
  • Teachers and senior students should be more conscious on the issue. They should give up the smoking habit and set examples for juniors.

Emergency units
Schools should have emergency cells to immediately support a student faced with asthma attack.

What are the steps the schools must take?

  • Hire trained nurse for giving duties during the school hours.
  • The first-aid kit must contain inhalers and primary medication to control the attack immediately.
  • Both teachers and students should be made aware of the different steps and preventive measures to cope up with an emergency situation.
  • Trainings should be organized from time to time and self help techniques must also be taught in school.

Asthma management plan for every student
As a doctor keeps medical record of his/her patients for follow-ups, the schools should also develop a special unit that will maintain a regular record of students’ health with special focus on asthma. This is the actual idea behind conducting asthma management plan. The plan will precisely contain:

  • What are the allergens affecting the student?
  • How frequently do the attacks take place?
  • What are the common symptoms before attack?
  • Is the student regular with routine medicines and checkups?
  • Also a brief medical history of the child for reference.

All these are precautionary measures that must be followed in school to help the students.