Managing Asthma in a Childcare Setting

Learn about managing asthma in childcare settings.

Managing a child’s asthma is all about working as a team, and childcare providers are hugely important team members! Here’s how you can help:

  • Stay in the know. Keep a written list of a child’s triggers, medications, and other key information on hand. Parents can fill out this information in the Asthma Profile page on this site.
  • Help children avoid their asthma triggers. Ask parents what triggers a child’s asthma and make note to help children avoid those things. Common triggers include pollen, mold, dust, cold air, physical activity, secondhand cigarette smoke, and furry or feathered animals.
  • Teach children what to do during an asthma attack: Sit down, stay calm, get help.
  • Be ready to help during an asthma attack.
    • If you are allowed to give medication, check the child’s Asthma Profile or a parent’s instructions to see what’s needed, and offer it.
    • Notify the child’s parent or guardian.
    • If necessary, call 911 for an ambulance.
  • Look for loud and quiet asthma symptoms:
  • Loud symptoms include:
    • coughing;
    • shakiness;
    • shortness of breath;
    • tightness in the chest;
    • wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing).
  • Quiet symptoms include:
    • anxiety and nervousness;
    • restlessness during sleep;
    • sudden irritability or quietness;
    • unusual tiredness; and
    • unusual sweating or paleness.
  • Check in about asthma attacks at home to stay updated on how the child is doing.