Posted 4/12/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -8)
Hi, I'm a first grade teacher with asthma.
First, make sure the child has an inhaler at the school for emergencies. It can stay with the school nurse if you have one. If not find out who has the authority to administer the medication. As a student teacher, I believe you are not allowed to do it.
Second, If the child plays hard at PE or recess listen to them talk to you. Coughing, breathlessness, or wheezing (light or loud) is a sign of an attack. If you can't get to the inhaler right then, have them slowly breath and relax. Meanwhile, get that inhaler! After they take the treatment, continue to listen to them. If they are still having problems or it gets worse, they need more serious treatment.
The main thing is to keep them calm and breathing slowly.
Preventive things to do:
No perfumes, or strong scents
Don't sit them near another child who's parents are smokers. The smoke clings to them and can trigger attacks.
Keep track of the pollen levels in your area. Moderate to high levels can cause attacks.
Most asthma children can play, but watch them for attacks.
Good luck in your future career.