What is Asthma?• Acute respiratory disorder• Chronic disease that affects the airways• Form of allergic response• Can be inherited and worsens if no treatment is given• Inside walls of airways usually become swollen, and may be sore
• Asthma is increasing at a fast rate. Some of the factors that have been found to be affecting this are: – Indoor environments – Early infant feeding practices • Encouraged to breast feed • Hold off solid food until children reach 6 months – Sanitation standards – Increased air pollution“About one in 12 people in the United States now has asthma, a total of 24.6 millionpeople and an increase of 4.3 million since 2001” (Maugh II)
Triggers• Airborne Allergens• Foods• Second hand cigarette smoke• Respiratory infections• Stress• Change in temperature• Vigorous exercise
In the Classroom• Teachers should have a meeting with parents to be informed of child’s asthma history. Including: – Common triggers – Symptoms and signs – Medication needed• Identify substances that may cause flare ups, and remove them from classroom.• Keep classroom clean – Frequent dusting and vacuuming – Changing air filters frequently• If weather affects a childs’ asthma one should be aware and take precautions.
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