Here at St Mary’s we take asthma very seriously. Mrs Murphy is our Asthma technician so if you have any concerns about your child’s asthma or if you have information you need to share with the school please contact her or the school office and we will update your child’s records.
To help us keep your child safe at school, they will need to have their own inhaler, clearly labelled with their name and family Doctor. We need you to be specific because we have many children with this condition and routinely keep inhalers inside classrooms for immediate access in the event of an asthma attack. If your child needs a spacer please make sure one is provided, however we do have a spare spacer if you are still in the process of getting this from your Doctor.
The asthma form is available from the school office but it can also be downloaded here.
What can parents do to help?
You can help us understand your child’s asthma by doing the following:
- Tell the school if your child has asthma – even if it's mild or seasonal asthma.
- Let us know the name of your child’s doctor.
- Please let us know if your contact details change so we can always reach you in times of emergency.
- Ensure the school has up-to-date written information about your child’s asthma medicine including how much they take and when. It's also helpful to staff if you include information about what triggers your child’s asthma and the signs your child presents when they are about to have an attack.
- Inform the school about the medicines your child requires during school hours, on school visits and other out of school activities like school team sports.
- Inform the school if there are any changes in your child’s asthma so we can keep an eye on it.
- Provide the school with a spare reliever inhaler (and spacer where relevant) labelled with your child’s name with a prescription that is in date.
- Keep your child at home if they are not well enough to attend school.
- Ensure your child catches up on school work missed if your child is unwell. Teachers are happy to provide your child with work but they do require a little notice for example in the morning and usually have the work ready to take home by the end of school.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The usual symptoms of asthma in children are:
- Wheezing, or a whistling noise in the chest
- Getting short of breath
- Coughing, particularly at night and after exercise
- Feeling tight in the chest - sometimes children will describe this as their chest hurting or even a tummy ache
Asthma symptoms may not be present all the time and may come and go. With the right medicines, taken properly and as prescribed, your child should be able to lead a full life without symptoms. However, asthma is a serious condition, and if not treated properly can lead to asthma attacks, which can be life threatening. Help us to keep your child safe by making sure they always have their inhaler and that we know all that we need to about your child’s asthma condition.