question about action plan at school etc

hi,

do you have a ""printed sheet"" of times inhalers are needed, what inhalers etc? if so did you make your own or was it off a site like this one?

my son is 4yrs old and therefore not old enough to administer his own inhalers (although he will tell you his is big enough and he does know how many puffs into spacer etc).

tthe school have a ""sticky note"" on the door saying that he has to have his inhalers at 10am daily. this was fine BUT needs to be altered - son now needs it b4 morning playtime, b4 PE and b4 swimming and b4 lunchtime play as he runs around and and gets wheezy and coughs and then the school give him inhalers and send him home.

the school nurse did fill in a sheet of what medication he is on etc BUT she didnt inform the school, only told them he needs his blue inhaler (as this all he has at school) which is why they got very annoyed at how much time son was having off as ""he wasnt that asthmatic""!!! had she informed them he was on steroid tablets and (then orange) now purple inhalers, the school could understand why hes off so much.

ideas grateful on where i can get above type sheet.

amy

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  • Hi we wrote out our own in big bold letters with times and put a statement that we were happy for staff to give ventolin and the nebuliser when required, my husband and I both signed it. When the staff said they were not happy to give meds, I reminded them that they have signed permission from both parents. This seems to have solved the problem.

    Good luck

    Kate

  • they do give him his blue inhaler but only once a day, IF he has to have it more than this they send him home!

    i have told the school i wont sue them IF they give him his inhalers BUT i WILL if they don't give and he needs them.

  • they do give him his blue inhaler but only once a day, IF he has to have it more than this they send him home!

    i have told the school i wont sue them IF they give him his inhalers BUT i WILL if they don't give and he needs them.

  • School Asthma Care

    Hi I have had loads of problems in school with my daughter (aged 6) and her asthma. We ended up having a big meeting with the school and school chair of gov. and we have now a brillant system.

    We have devised a book that we speak through. It contains guidelines on what to do if its serious, not so serious etc which emergency numbers etc. It goes to school every morning with my daughter with information on what i have given my daughter that morning, how she has been the previous evening/night. And we also put in any concerns we might help, eg - runny nose, could they look out for that if it get worse etc. Then the school will write in what they have given her over the course of the day ie 2 puffs blue inhaler, first break, 2 puffs blue inhaler lunch time, 2 puffs blue inhaler last break. No problems today and then my daughter will bring it back home each afternoon after school.

    This system is so good because it allows us to see if any patterns are developing with her asthma, it is also stored in her classroom (school time only) in a box file that contains all letters from the hospital and doctors with her spacer and inhalers so that in an emergency they can grab the box file and give this to any medical professional. We have also provided the school with a long strapped small bag that has a spacer and inhaler in it and can fit in the medication/conversation book if they go out on an outing outside school.

    We also have a quick meeting with the teacher at 8.30am on monday morning just to talk about the weekend, (we also write in the medication/conversation book) and any concerns.

    We also have a signal that my daughter uses if she is feeling unwell with asthma, she will use her hand to gently hit her chest. This alerts the teacher straight away instead of her putting her hand up in a classroom as the teacher would assume the she is wanting to answer a question. And also the children in my daughters class have been made aware of this signal and if they see her doing this then they alert the teacher.

    I hope that this helps.

  • School Asthma Care

    Hi I have had loads of problems in school with my daughter (aged 6) and her asthma. We ended up having a big meeting with the school and school chair of gov. and we have now a brillant system.

    We have devised a book that we speak through. It contains guidelines on what to do if its serious, not so serious etc which emergency numbers etc. It goes to school every morning with my daughter with information on what i have given my daughter that morning, how she has been the previous evening/night. And we also put in any concerns we might help, eg - runny nose, could they look out for that if it get worse etc. Then the school will write in what they have given her over the course of the day ie 2 puffs blue inhaler, first break, 2 puffs blue inhaler lunch time, 2 puffs blue inhaler last break. No problems today and then my daughter will bring it back home each afternoon after school.

    This system is so good because it allows us to see if any patterns are developing with her asthma, it is also stored in her classroom (school time only) in a box file that contains all letters from the hospital and doctors with her spacer and inhalers so that in an emergency they can grab the box file and give this to any medical professional. We have also provided the school with a long strapped small bag that has a spacer and inhaler in it and can fit in the medication/conversation book if they go out on an outing outside school.

    We also have a quick meeting with the teacher at 8.30am on monday morning just to talk about the weekend, (we also write in the medication/conversation book) and any concerns.

    We also have a signal that my daughter uses if she is feeling unwell with asthma, she will use her hand to gently hit her chest. This alerts the teacher straight away instead of her putting her hand up in a classroom as the teacher would assume the she is wanting to answer a question. And also the children in my daughters class have been made aware of this signal and if they see her doing this then they alert the teacher.

    I hope that this helps.

  • you obviously have abetter more understanding school than my son goes to.

    the school nurse was/is informed of ALL meds son is on and when they get changed - she failed to pass this info onto the rest of the staff, who thought he was only on blue inhalers and that i was making it up about him having asthma attacks and chest infections when son has time off school. to the extent they arranged a meeting at which LEA were meant to be there.

    i took all sons meds/copies of repeat prescriptions etc and showed them and they were very shocked and said it explains why he is having time off, they were not aware of this and were even more shocked when i said school nurse knew.

  • We send a book in but it comes back empty, even when been on nebuliser. He had one teacher in year 1 who was fantastic. He had the best school attendance that year as I really trusted the teacher.We had a chat before and after school and the book was always filled in. The teacher has retired.

  • school

    This is quite interesting actually reading all these replies! My 6 year old came home earlier this week coughing quite badly and when I asked him if his teacher had given him his inhaler he said no so as a working mom i phoned school the next morning to speak with the secretary who replied that he should have asked for it! however i passed the message on that I would like her to ask the teacher to give it to him and went through the whole when to give it story. the next day when he came out of school his teacher then told my childminder that he should ask for it! Just not getting really are they - he is six years old and it's the adults who should be in control - he and many like him are owed a duty of care whilst at school! so I will have to arrange an appointment with the school like some of the other people who have left replies. His previous teachers have all been brilliant (mature ladies) but the current teacher is fresh out of school I don't think that they are given any guidance either at uni or by the schools themselves. The school have his action plan and inhaler in a little draw string toiletry bag on the back of the door in his classroom - just a shame that some teachers just dont know how to deal with it!

  • I have had to get my GP to do a action plan in writing for my son's school. In this letter he stated the times he has to take his inhaler no matter how he is feeling and that at least 10 mins before any physical activity like P.E, dancing, swimming and running around out-doors. And that when he says he needs his inhaler they are to give him his inhaler and that every 1 minute after his first 2 puffs they are to give another 1 puff every 1 minute for 5 minutes and if he is not improving after the 5 minute mark they are to call 999 and get his dad from the class he is working in to take over with the medical process until medical attention gets to them.

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