It’s back to school season, and although that can be a lot of fun, it can also mean an increase in asthma flare ups. Here are five common school-related asthma triggers your children might face and how you can prepare for them:
With lots of children crammed in close quarters, schools can be breeding grounds for everyday respiratory illnesses such as the flu or common cold. Unfortunately for kids with asthma, these illnesses are also two of the most common asthma triggers. Encourage your kids to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands away from their face in order to stop the spread of these illnesses.
Exhaust from Buses
The diesel exhaust from school buses can also trigger asthma flare ups. Have your child sit to the front of the bus to reduce their exposure. If bus drivers are willing to turn off their engines when idling, this also helps.
Various Odors and Fumes
A wide variety of everyday objects such as markers, perfumes, cleaning products, and even potpourri can trigger asthma symptoms. Try encouraging your kids’ school, or at least their home room teacher, to opt for scent-free products instead.
Like regular dust, chalkboard dust can be a problem for asthmatic students. When possible, dry erase boards are better. But if not, just make sure your child doesn’t get assigned to cleaning the chalkboard.
Classroom pets are awesome, except when they’re triggering asthma. When possible, try to find a pet-free classroom for your asthmatic child.
And as always, make sure to have an Asthma Action Plan in place and have your child carry their rescue inhaler so you and your family can have a healthy, happy new school year!