Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Asthma and School

Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children and the #1 reason for missing school in North America (associated with colds and flu).  September has the highest number of hospital emergency visits, hospital admissions and doctor visits for asthma, which is why this time of the year is often referred to as the "September Asthma Peak". 


The September Asthma Peak

Our Asthma Educators have made a list of helpful tips to help prepare you for the September Asthma Peak:

  •  Most children with asthma use their asthma medication on a regular basis, but if you stopped taking your asthma preventer/controller inhalers, pills and nasal sprays during the summer, start taking them again before school starts. Emergency visits for asthma peak in mid September, a few weeks after kids go back to school and start sharing their viruses!
  • Check the expiry dates on all your asthma medicine
  • Children with known anaphylaxis should carry their EpiPen to school every day
  • Children with allergies should carry their epinephrine auto injector with them at all times.  They should also remember to wear their medical alert bracelets or get one if they don't have one
  • Ask your pharmacist to review your child's asthma medicine device technique
  • Avoid your asthma triggers and get the flu shot for your family as soon as it is available
  • If you have any asthma questions, see your doctor or talk to your school nurse,  pharmacist or asthma educator

Resources for Teachers

Teachers play an important role in the care of our child's health. With the goal of keeping teachers informed about asthma, we have found the links below very helpful:


In School

If you have a new teacher in September that doesn't know you have asthma, tell them. This will help them understand that you need quick and easy access to your reliever medication. 

When School is Out

When summer time comes and school is out, do not plan on taking a vacation from your asthma medication. 

  • If you don't want to be part of the September rush to the Emergency Department each year, start taking your asthma medicine before school starts 
  • Visit our "Travelling with Asthma" section for more vacation tips

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Material on this website has been designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.