There are approximately 28,000 children in New Hampshire and 2013 data shows that 10.6 percent of these children have asthma. AsthmaNow NH can provide the information and resources to help your children deal with the disease and live healthy active lives. The resources below can help you manage asthma in your children. Creating a healthy environment in your school/child care facility is important in the management of asthma. Schools and child care facilities can do their part to control asthma by becoming more “asthma-friendly,” i.e., adopting policies and procedures, and coordinating student services to better serve students with asthma.
- What is Asthma? Animation – This animation provides a quick overview of asthma and what happens in the lungs.
- Asthma Basics – Information including “What is Asthma?”, “How is Asthma Diagnosed?” and information about asthma episodes.
- American Lung Association Asthma Basics – Online curriculum provides asthma information in 50 minute lesson. This can be an appropriate tool for parents/guardians of children with asthma or a refresher for school nurses.
- Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools – This site provides school personnel a booklet describing practical ways to help students with asthma.
- Child Care and Preschool – from the Michigan Asthma Initiative
- Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative® – The Lung Association’s comprehensive approach to asthma management in schools. Provides resources to create a measurable, long-term asthma management plan.
- Back to School with Asthma Toolkit – Quick steps for school nurses, teachers, and staff, to support an asthma-friendlier learning environment, as they prepare for the school year.
- Asthma and Physical Activity in the School: Making a Difference – This site provides a resource for teachers and coaches to help students with asthma participate in sports and physical activities.
- Suggested Emergency Protocol for Students with Asthma Symptoms – Although each student with asthma needs a personal asthma action plan, schools also should have a written emergency care plan for students who do not have a personal plan at school. This template can help develop a district or school protocol.
- Resources for Parents with Young Children
- Child Care Asthma/Allergy Card
- Student Asthma Action Plan
- School Nurse Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines: Asthma
The evidence-based guidelines are based on the latest evidence of care and outcomes and are sold as an eBook. They provide the evidence for care of children with asthma at school.
- School Nurse Asthma Care Checklist
The checklist provides a summary of best practices for the care of students with asthma in school.
- Managing Asthma Triggers Participant Resources
- The ABCs of Using Pulse Oximeters in Schools – A 12 minute NASN Radio audio broadcast by a school nurse on using pulse oximetry in the school setting.
- Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers – These documents outline competencies in environmental health relevant to pediatric asthma that should be mastered by health care providers, and outlines the environmental interventions that should be communicated to patients.
- Wee Breathers– a flexible and interactive program designed to reach families of pre-school-age children with asthma in their homes or in child care settings.
The program consists of 7 one-hour lessons, two checklists for identifying asthma triggers in the home & in child care centers, and an instructor guide.
- Is the Asthma Action Plan Working?—A Tool for School Nurse Assessment
All children with asthma need an asthma action plan. This brief assessment tool offers guidance in determining how well an asthma action plan is working for a student.
Student Learning Games/Activities
- Lungtopolis® and Lungtropolis® Parents – Help save Lungtropolis and fight the mucus mob while learning about asthma management! This proven effective online game for children 5-10, also includes a parent component to support adults as they help manage their child’s asthma.
- Open Airways For Schools®– Interactive, in-person asthma management curriculum for children 8-11, led by a certified facilitator. In many cases, the program’s certified facilitator is a school nurse.
- Quest for the Code Asthma Game – The Quest for the Code® asthma game, weaves education about asthma management into an engaging adventure that will have children and teens ages 7 to 15 playing for hours. The game combines asthma education with rich graphics, an engaging storyline and the talent of eleven top celebrities to help young people learn how to manage their asthma.
New Hampshire Fact Sheets
- Rescue Inhalers in Schools
- Emergency Response for Physical Education and Recreation Personnel
- NH Healthy Schools: Classroom Cleanout
- NH Healthy Schools: Top Ten Low or No Cost Interventions
- NH Healthy Schools: Tips for Keeping your Classroom Clean and Healthy
- 12 WAYS TO A HEALTHY HOME – Whether it is lead hazards, asthma, fire, home visiting, and more, this easy to understand booklet is available online and English hard copies. Contact the NH Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for FREE copies 1-800-897-LEAD.
- Tools for Schools Taking the First Steps – June 4, 2013
- Classroom Management and Your Behavior – May 7, 2013
- How the Indoor Environment Impacts Everyone’s Health – February 2013
- EPA’s Greener Summer Cleaning Tips for School Facility Departments – July 2012
- Your Role in Preparing the School for Summer Vacation – May 2012
- Designing a Healthier Classroom for Tomorrow’s Students – March 2012