When should you keep your child home from school?
It is often difficult for parents to judge when a child's asthma symptoms are so bad that the child should not attend school. Here are some general guidelines to go by when deciding whether or not to keep your child home.
When your child should go to school
- Stuffy or runny nose – but no coughing or wheezing
- Some wheezing or coughing which goes away after taking medicine
- Able to do usual daily activities
- Breathing easily and normally
When your child should stay home
- Fever over 100 degrees
- Breathing with difficulty or faster than usual
- Weakness or tiredness
- A sore throat or swollen, painful neck glands
- Wheezing or coughing that continues or does not improve one hour after medicine
- Weakness or tiredness that makes it difficult to perform usual activities
Tips for helping your child keep up
- Be sure your child takes asthma medication to school everyday.
- Always report to the school nurse when your child is absent due to asthma symptoms.
- Ask the teacher to help your child keep up with schoolwork. Too many missed school days can cause a child to suffer academically.