Make some Asthma Plans
Help your kids stay ahead of asthma and maintain control year-round with these easy-to-follow plans.
Consider an asthma school plan
“Many kids with asthma don’t have a plan in place at their school. An asthma action plan doesn’t do
any good if it’s not shared with the people who can act on it,” said allergist James Sublett, MD, FACAAI,
president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).1
- If your child takes maintenance medication, like QVAR®, make sure they take it at home every day,
twice-a-day, as directed by their doctor
- Be sure at least one rescue inhaler is available to them at school, in case they need it. Since 2010,
all 50 states have laws protecting students’ rights to carry and use asthma medications at
- Alert your child’s teacher, school nurse, athletic instructor or coach about your child’s symptoms.
If they know your child’s triggers, they may be able to help them steer clear in the school environment
- Discuss how to handle emergencies with the school principal and school nurse
- Be sure your child and the school staff know how to use your child’s rescue inhaler
Going on vacation? Create an asthma family travel plan.
When you have a child with asthma, a safe vacation requires sound planning.
- Request prescription refills and be sure to have enough medication for your time away
- When we’re away from home, locations and schedules can change. Things can get confusing. So make sure your child’s asthma control routine stays constant. An easy way to do this is to tell them to take
QVAR® after they brush their teeth
- Research where hospitals and pharmacies are located at your travel destination(s)
- When flying, keep your child’s rescue inhaler with you instead of storing it in overhead bins
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of water during air travel, since dry air can aggravate symptoms
- If traveling by car, give the interior a thorough cleaning
- Travel in early morning or late evening hours, when air quality is better and traffic is lighter
- Keep your air conditioning on recycle so that outside air doesn’t come in
- Make sure your hotel accommodations are smoke- and pet-free
- Choose lodging with allergy-friendly rooms. (Many now offer state-of-the-art air purifiers, mattress
and pillow encasings, and cleaning products to remove harmful allergens and irritants such as bacteria,
dust mites and airborne mold)
- Request a room off the ground floor to avoid car exhaust
Fill out an Asthma Action Plan
An Asthma Action Plan provides instructions
on managing pediatric asthma.
- It includes information about your child’s asthma medications, including when and how much of each
medication to take
- Coordinate all of your child's care. Provide a copy of this Asthma Action Plan to your child's
caregivers, including babysitters, coaches, teachers and school nurses