Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 10:39 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri health officials say summer is a good time for parents of children with asthma to develop plans for coping with the ailment.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says parents should sit down with their family doctors to review their children's asthma medications and treatment options.

The agency says action plans should contain a list of medications with notes on which must be taken during school hours. The plan also should include instructions for theschool staff on what to do during an acute asthma attack, a list of triggers that make asthma worse and emergency phone numbers.

State officials say the average asthmatic student misses about eight school days per year.


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