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Asthma

Asthma is a common condition affecting 1 in 11 children in the UK which is over 1.1 million children and young people.

Young child using an inhaler

Asthma affects the airways [the small breathing tubes] that carry air in and out of the lungs. Children and young people with asthma have airways that are more sensitive than normal. Although there is no cure for asthma there are effective treatments that can be used to control the symptoms.

If your child has asthma it is important that you speak to your child's teacher so that they are aware of how their asthma can affect them and that they have information about the medication that they need to take. It is essential that your child has their own reliever inhaler and spacer in school so that they can take it when they need it.

The School Nursing Service works together with parents, health professionals and schools to support children and young people with asthma to enable them to participate in school and access their education. If you have any concerns about your child's asthma in school please contact your child's School Nurse.

Information for schools
Supporting pupils in schools with medical conditions

The Department for Education has published new statutory guidance to ensure that pupils with medical conditions are appropriately supported in schools. Please visit the GOV.UK pages for more information about the guidance, which includes

  • links to resources

  • care plan and medicine management templates. The use of the templates is not mandatory but they can be adapted by schools to meet their individual needs.

School Asthma Cards

Asthma UK have developed resources and information to support schools and early year settings to safely manage children and young people with asthma

They have designed school asthma cards that can be completed by parents to advise schools around their child's asthma management on a day to day or emergency basis. Cards should be completed by parents at the beginning of term and reviewed at least annually. If there is a change in the child's medication or management the cards should be updated by their parents. School Nurses are happy to advise if you have any questions about the cards.