End of the School Year? Time to Do These 4 Things

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

It's almost the end of another school year.   If you have kids with asthma, keeping track of everything that has to be done before the school year ends can become mass chaos quickly.   Here are a few things you may want to get done in order to make the summer and next school year run smoothly.

Pick up your child's medications

Most schools will require you to pick up all of the medications you have at the school.   For us that means EpiPens and rescue inhalers.   Unfortunately, if you pick them up too early you risk leaving your child at school without the proper medications available.   It's best to set yourself a reminder to pick up the medications on the last day as you pick up your child, or have your child bring them home with them.

Update prescriptions

Now that you've got all of the medications from the school, you need to check the expiration dates.   Any medication that expires before or shortly into the new school year should be refilled with an updated prescription.   Trust me, this will save you time in the coming school year.   You don't want to end up scrambling to get the prescription updated before you can leave your child at school.

Write a new Asthma Action Plan

Almost all schools require you to fill out a new Asthma Action Plan every school year.   This can be a pain, but it is for very good reason.   It can help ensure that all your child's medications are up to date, the dosages are correct and that any medical changes have been noted with the school nurse correctly.     If you can get the paperwork done and turned in before the summer break, it can make the beginning of the next school year run more smoothly.   If your child is changing schools, contact their new school for the appropriate paperwork.   Most districts have their own forms they need signed by your child's physician.

Schedule a well child visit

If your child has already had their well child visit for the year then disregard this tip, but if you haven't done that yet, make a plan to do so as soon as possible.   The wellness visits can be a great tool for your physician to evaluate how well your child's overall health, motor skills and growth are doing proportionate to where they should be for their age.   Sometimes when you have a child with a chronic condition yet another doctor's appointment isn't high on your   to-do list.   Trust me, I understand   Preventing illness and catching problems early are essential for keeping our kids healthy so please don't ignore these needed checkups.

Following these tips will help ensure that the next school year runs smoothly and your child has a head start for good health!

Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in dietetics as well as graduate work in public health and nutrition.   She has worked with families dealing with digestive disease, asthma and food allergies for the past 12 years.   Jennifer also serves the Board of Directors for Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER). ** See More Helpful Articles:**

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